Authors Famous Authors from Senegal

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List of the most popular authors from Senegal, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Senegalese authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Senegalese writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This list features Boubacar Boris Diop, Cheikh Tidiane Gaye and more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Senegal?" and "Who are the best Senegalese authors?"

For further information on these historic Senegalese authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Senegalese authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.

Léopold Sédar Senghor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Léopold Sédar Senghor Nation et Voie Africaine du Socialisme, The collected poetry, La belle histoire de Leuk-le-Lièvre Léopold Sédar Senghor was a Senegalese poet, politician, and cultural theorist who for two decades served as the first president of Senegal. Senghor was the first African elected ...more

Ousmane Sembène is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Ousmane Sembène Tribal Scars, Le Mandat, L Harmattan^! L' Ousmane Sembène, often credited in the French style as Sembène Ousmane in articles and reference works, was a Senegalese film director, producer and writer. The Los Angeles Times ...more

Boubacar Boris Diop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Boubacar Boris Diop Le Temps de Tamango, Reubeuss! ou^! L'expérience de la foi, Le cavalier et son ombre Boubacar Boris Diop is a Senegalese novelist, journalist and screenwriter. His best known work, Murambi, le livre des ossements, is the fictional account of a notorious massacre during the ...more

Mariama Bâ is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Mariama Bâ So Long a Letter, Scarlet song Mariama Bâ was a Senegalese author and feminist, who wrote in French. Born in Dakar, she was raised a Muslim, but at an early age came to criticise what she perceived as inequalities ...more

Cheikh Hamidou Kane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Cheikh Hamidou Kane Ambiguous adventure, L'Aventure ambiguë Cheikh Hamidou Kane is a Senegalese writer best known for his prize-winning novel L'Aventure ambiguë, about the interactions of western and African cultures. Its hero is a Fulani boy who ...more

Ken Bugul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Ken Bugul The abandoned baobab, Riwan ou le chemin de sable Ken Bugul is the pen name of a Senegalese Francophone novelist, whose real name is Mariètou Mbaye Biléoma. In the Wolof language, the name means "one who is unwanted".

Fatou Diome is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Fatou Diome The belly of the Atlantic Fatou Diome is a Senegalese writer, known for her bestselling novel The Belly of the Atlantic, published in 2001. Her work explores immigrant life in France, and the relationship between France ...more

Abasse Ndione is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Abasse Ndione Mbëke mi Abasse Ndione is a Senegalese author and nurse.

Nafissatou Niang Diallo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Nafissatou Niang Diallo Fary^! Princess of Tiali, A Dakar childhood Nafissatou Niang Diallo was a Senegalese writer who wrote in French. After studying in Toulouse, she began writing. Her 1975 autobiography De Tilène au Plateau, a Dakar childhood was ...more

Cheikh Tidiane Gaye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Cheikh Tidiane Gaye Cheikh Tidiane Gaye is a Senegalese-Italian writer. His first novel was published in Italy, with the title Il giuramento, followed by Mery principessa albina, and Il canto del Djali, published ...more

Abibatou Traoré is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Abibatou Traoré Abibatou Traoré is a Senegalese writer and a member of the "Eminent Minds" panel created by Secretary General Kofi Annan. This panel was created to make suggestions for the ...more

Fatou Niang Siga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
Fatou Niang Siga Fatou Niang Siga and is a Senegalese author and schoolteacher. She is a Mouride Muslim and has made hajj to Mecca twice. Like her mother she is married and has twelve children. Her writing has ...more