Famous Writers from Angola

List of famous writers from Angola, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Angola is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Angolan writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Angola and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

With writers ranging from Alda Lara to Cremilda de Lima, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Angolan writers?" and "Which writers are from Angola?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Angola in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Angola, but they're all of Angola descent.

  • Francisco Santos may refer to: Francisco Dos Santos (born 1974), Brazilian footballer Francisco Santos (swimmer) (born 1962), Angolan/Portuguese swimmer, artist and writer, also known as Xesko Francisco Santos (baseball) (born 1974), former Major League Baseball outfielder Francisco Santos (footballer) (born 1904), Portuguese footballer Francisco Santos Calderón (born 1961), Colombian politician and journalist Francisco Santos Leal (born 1968), Spanish mathematician Francisco Cabrera Santos (1946–2010), mayor of Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela Francisco Santos, Piauí, a municipality in the state of Piauí, Brazil
    • Birthplace: Luanda, Angola
    • Nationality: Portugal, Angola
  • José Luandino Vieira (born José Vieira Mateus da Graça on 4 May 1935) is an Angolan writer of short fiction and novels.
    • Nationality: Portugal, Angola
    • Works: Luuanda, The real life of Domingos Xavier, The loves of João Vêncio
  • Agostinho Neto
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    António Agostinho Neto (17 September 1922 – 10 September 1979) served as the 1st President of Angola (1975–1979), having led the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in the war for independence (1961–1974). Until his death, he led the MPLA in the civil war (1975–2002). Known also for his literary activities, he is considered Angola's preeminent poet. His birthday is celebrated as National Heroes' Day, a public holiday in Angola.
    • Birthplace: Ícolo e Bengo, Angola
    • Nationality: Angola
    • Works: On literature and national culture, Sacred hope
  • Américo Alberto de Barros e Assis Boavida (November 20, 1923 in Luanda – September 25, 1968), generally known as Dr. Américo Boavida, was an Angolan physician active in his country's nationalist movement. Also known as Ngola Kimbanda ("chief healer"), he attended Liceu Salvador Correia in Luanda and then traveled to Portugal to study medicine at the University of Porto. He returned to Angola in 1955 and went into private practice specializing in Obstetrics and gynaecology until 1960, when he joined the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Dr. Boavida became a member of the MPLA Directing Committee for external relations, based in Léopoldville, where he also led the Angolan ...more
    • Nationality: Angola
    • Works: Angola: five centuries of Portuguese exploitation
  • Óscar Ribas

    Oscar Bento Ribas (17 August 1909 – 19 June 2004) was an Angolan writer. Ribas was born in Luanda, the son of Arnaldo Gonçalves Ribas (who was Portuguese) and Maria de Conceição Bento Faria (Angolan). His first publications were two novels: Nuvens que passam (Clouds that pass) in 1927 and Resgate de uma falta (Rescue of a lack) in 1929. Ribas suffered from gradual loss of eyesight in his 20s. Nevertheless, he continued to research and write. In 1950 he published: Flores e espinhos (Flowers and Thorns) and Uanga ( Magic ) and in 1952 Ecos da minha terra (Echoes of my land). Together with Echoes Of My Land and The Evil Spell (1951), Ribas's writings took on a distinct African character. The ...more
    • Birthplace: Luanda, Angola
    • Nationality: Angola
  • Pepetela

    Artur Carlos Maurício Pestana dos Santos (born 1941) is a major Angolan writer of fiction. He writes under the name Pepetela. A white Angolan, Pepetela was born in Benguela, Portuguese Angola, and fought as a member of the MPLA in the long guerrilla war for Angola's independence. Much of his writing deals with Angola's political history in the 20th century. Mayombe, for example, is a novel that portrays the lives of a group of MPLA guerrillas who are involved in the anti-colonial struggle in Cabinda, Yaka follows the lives of members of a white settler family in the coastal town of Benguela, and A Geração da Utopia reveals the disillusionment of young Angolans during the post-independence ...more
    • Birthplace: Benguela, Angola
    • Nationality: Angola
    • Works: cão e os caluandas, Jaime Bunda, Secret Agent, A Gloriosa Família, Ngunga's adventures