Authors Famous Authors from Zimbabwe

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List of the most popular authors from Zimbabwe, 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 Zimbabwean 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 Zimbabwean writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List is made up of many different authors, including Dambudzo Marechera and Lauren Liebenberg.

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

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Alexandra Fuller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Alexandra Fuller Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Piel Blanca Alexandra Fuller is an author who currently lives in the U.S. state of Wyoming.

M. K. Asante is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
M. K. Asante Buck: A Memoir MK Asante is an American author, filmmaker, rapper, and professor at Morgan State University. He is best known for his memoir Buck. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Philadelphia, he is the son of ...more

Tsitsi Dangarembga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Tsitsi Dangarembga Nervous Conditions, The Book of Not, She no longer weeps Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean author and filmmaker.

Cain Mathema is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Cain Mathema Newspapers in Zimbabwe, Wealth and power, Let us fight neo-colonialism in Zimbabwe Cain Ginyilitshe Ndabazekhaya Mathema is a Zimbabwean politician who is the Governor and Resident Minister of Bulawayo. In late February 2008, he was present at rally supporting ZANU-PF ...more

Joshua Nkomo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Joshua Nkomo Nkomo: The Story of My Life, The new Zimbabwe Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo was the leader and founder of the Zimbabwe African People's Union and a member of the Ndebele tribe. He was a trades-union leader, who became president of the ...more

Chenjerai Hove is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Chenjerai Hove Ancêtres, Shebeen tales, Guardians of the soil Chenjerai Hove, is a Zimbabwean poet, novelist and essayist who writes in both English and Shona. "Modernist in their formal construction, but making extensive use of oral conventions, ...more

Fay Chung is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Fay Chung Re-living the second Chimurenga Fay King Chung is a Zimbabwean educator and an independent candidate for the March 2008 Zimbabwean senatorial election. She is one of the early public supporters of independent presidential ...more

Edgar Tekere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Edgar Tekere A lifetime of struggle Edgar Zivanai Tekere, nicknamed "2 Boy", was a Zimbabwean politician. He was the second and last Secretary General of the Zimbabwe African National Union who organised the party during ...more

Lauren Liebenberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Lauren Liebenberg Lauren Liebenberg is a Zimbabwe-born South African writer. Her debut novel The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2008. Her subsequent ...more

Robert Mugabe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe War, peace, and development in contemporary Africa Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime ...more

Tendai Biti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Tendai Biti Zimbabwe Tendai Laxton Biti is a Zimbabwean politician who served as Zimbabwe's Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2013. He was the Secretary-General of the Movement for Democratic Change political party ...more

Daniel Carney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Daniel Carney Whispering Death, The Square Circle, The Wild Geese Daniel Carney was a Rhodesian novelist. Three of his novels have been made into films. He is a brother of Erin Pizzey, also a writer.

John Eppel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
John Eppel The giraffe man, Songs my country taught me, The curse of the ripe tomato John Eppel was born in Lydenburg, South Africa. He moved to Colleen Bawn, a small mining town in the south of Southern Rhodesia, at the age of four. He was educated at Milton High School in ...more

Jonathan Moyo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Jonathan Moyo Voting for democracy, Politics of the national purse, Generational shifts in African politics Jonathan Nathaniel Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician who has served in the government of Zimbabwe as Minister of Information since 2013. He previously served as Minister of Information from 2000 ...more

Dambudzo Marechera is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Dambudzo Marechera The black insider, Scrapiron blues, Cemetery of mind Dambudzo Marechera was a Zimbabwean novelist and poet. His short career produced a book of stories, two novels, a book of plays, prose, and poetry, and a collection of poetry.

Catherine Buckle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Catherine Buckle Rusty velvet, The litany bird, Beyond tears Catherine Buckle or Cathy Buckle is a Zimbabwean writer and blogger living in Marondera, Zimbabwe. She and her former husband bought "Stow Farm" in Marondera in 1990 and managed to ...more

Stanley Nyamfukudza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Stanley Nyamfukudza The non-believer's journey, If God was a woman, Aftermaths Stanley Nyamfukudza is a Zimbabwean writer.

Evert Hoek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Evert Hoek Support of underground excavations in hard rock, Underground excavations in rock, Rock engineering; inaugural lecture Evert Hoek FREng born in 1933 in Southern Rhodesia, is a South African-Canadian Civil Engineer specialized Geotechnical Engineering and a leading international expert in rock mechanics. Hoek ...more

Olivia Muchena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Olivia Muchena Women and development in Zimbabwe Olivia Nyembezi Muchena is a Zimbabwean politician and the former Minister of Higher Education in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe. She has also served as the Minister of Science and Technology ...more

Alexander Kanengoni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Alexander Kanengoni When the rainbird cries, Echoing silences, Effortless tears Alexander Kanengoni is a Zimbabwean writer, formally a member of ZANLA, took part in Zimbabwe's war for independence. He is a graduate of Kutama College. He is also a graduate of the University ...more

Tinashe Mushakavanhu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Tinashe Mushakavanhu State of the Nation: Contemporary Zimbabwean Poetry Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a 'born free' Zimbabwean writer and academic. He was born and grew up in Harare and has degrees from Zimbabwe, Wales and England. He has co-edited with David ...more

Chirikure is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Chirikure Hakurarwi Chirikure Chirikure is a Zimbabwean poet, songwriter, and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and an Honorary Fellow of University of Iowa, USA. He worked with one of ...more

Dominic Benhura is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Dominic Benhura Dominic Benhura, sculptor Dominic Benhura is a Zimbabwean sculptor. Benhura was born in Murewa, to the northeast of Salisbury. His father died before his birth, and he was raised by his mother. As he was an excellent ...more

Togara Muzanenhamo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Zimbabwe
Togara Muzanenhamo Spirit brides Togara Muzanenhamo is a Zimbabwean poet born in Lusaka, Zambia, to Zimbabwean parents. He was brought up in Zimbabwe on his family’s farm – thirty miles west of the capital Harare. He studied in ...more