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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Angola
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Francisco José Ribeiro Lopes dos Santos, known mainly as Francisco Santos is an Angolan/Portuguese multi-talent artist with many names and faces. As Francisco Lopes Santos he is likely to be known as a swimmer. Art enthusiasts may know him as the visual artist Xesko, lovers of poetry as Elias Karipande, fantasy and science fiction fans as Alan J. Banta. As a writer, published in English and Portuguese. As a sportsman represented Angola in swimming at the 1980 Summer Olympics. He also represented his country in other international games, including the Algiers 1978 All-Africa Games, the Moscow 1979 Seventh USSR Summer Spartakiade and the Mexico 1979 Summer Universiade. ...more

Birthplace: Luanda

Nationality: Portugal, Angola

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José Luandino Vieira is an Angolan writer of short fiction and novels. Vieira was born in Lagoa de Furadouro, Ourém, Portugal and was Portuguese by birth and ethnicity, but his parents immigrated to Angola in 1938 and he grew up immersed in the African quarters of Luanda. He wrote in the language unique to the musseque, a fusion of Kimbundu and Portuguese. He left school at the age of fifteen and worked as a mechanic. He was devoted to Angolan independence, resulting in his arrest in 1961 after an interview with the BBC in which he disclosed secret lists of deserters from the Portuguese army fighting in Africa. He would remain in jail for eleven years. Vieira's works often followed the ...more

Nationality: Portugal, Angola

Works: Luuanda, The real life of Domingos Xavier, The loves of João Vêncio

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Agostinho Neto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Angola
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António Agostinho Neto served as the first President of Angola, after having led the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola in the war for independence. Until his death, he led the MPLA in the civil war. 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. ...more

Birthplace: Ícolo e Bengo, Angola

Nationality: Angola

Works: On literature and national culture, Sacred hope

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Américo Alberto de Barros e Assis Boavida, generally known as Dr. Américo Boavida, was an Angolan physician active in his country's nationalist movement. Also known as Ngola Kimbanda, 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. Dr. Boavida became a member of the MPLA Directing Committee for external relations, based in Léopoldville, where he also led the Angolan Volunteer Corps for Assistance of Refugees from 1962 to 1963. In 1963, he ...more

Nationality: Angola

Works: Angola: five centuries of Portuguese exploitation

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