writers 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
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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 as a member of the Académie française. Before independence, he founded the political party called the Senegalese ...more

Works Written: Nation et Voie Africaine du Socialisme, The collected poetry, La belle histoire de Leuk-le-Lièvre, Le plan du décollage économique, ou, + more

Birthplace: Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal

Birthdate: 1906-10-09

Nationality: Senegal

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#25 on The Best French Language Poets of All Time

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Ousmane Sembène is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Senegal
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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 considered him one of the greatest authors of Africa and has often been called the "father of African film". Descended ...more

Works Written: Tribal Scars, Le Mandat, L Harmattan^! L', The Last of the Empire, O Pays^! Mon Beau Peuple!, + more

Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Ziguinchor Department, Senegal

Birthdate: 1923-01-01

Nationality: Senegal

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#14 on The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked

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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 Rwandan genocide of 1994. He is also the founder of Sol, an independent newspaper in Senegal, and the author of ...more

Works Written: Le Temps de Tamango, Reubeuss! ou^! L'expérience de la foi, Le cavalier et son ombre, Les tambours de la mémoire, El Osario, + more

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Birthdate: 1946-01-01

Nationality: Senegal

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Mariama Bâ


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 between the sexes resulting from African traditions. Raised by her traditional grandparents, she had to struggle even ...more

Works Written: So Long a Letter, Scarlet song

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Birthdate: 1929-04-17

Nationality: Senegal