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Famous Writers from Ethiopia

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

List features writers like Mengistu Lemma, Nikos Papatakis and more!

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Ethiopian writers?" and "Which writers are from Ethiopia?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Ethiopia in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Ethiopia, but they're all of Ethiopia descent.
  • Nikos Papatakis1

    Nikos Papatakis

    Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)

    BirthplaceAddis Ababa, Ethiopia

    NationalityGreece, Ethiopia

    WorksThe Photograph

    Nico Papatakis (Greek: Νίκος Παπατάκης; 5 July 1918 – 17 December 2010) was a Greek-... more on Wikipedia
  • Haile Gerima2

    BirthplaceGondar, Ethiopia


    WorksMorning Dew, Bush Mama, Ashes and Embers, Imperfect Journey, After Winter: Sterling Brown

    Haile Gerima (born March 4, 1946) is an Ethiopian filmmaker who lives and works in the United... more on Wikipedia
  • Nega Mezlekia3

    BirthplaceJijiga, Ethiopia

    NationalityCanada, Ethiopia

    WorksThe god who begat a jackal, Notes from the Hyena's Belly, Dans le ventre d'une hyène

    Nega Mezlekia (Amharic: ነጋ መዝለቂያ; born 1958) is an Ethiopian writer who writes in English. His... more on Wikipedia
  • Dinaw Mengestu4

    BirthplaceAddis Ababa, Ethiopia


    WorksChildren of the Revolution, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

    Dinaw Mengestu (born 30 June 1978) is an Ethiopian-American novelist and writer. In addition... more on Wikipedia
  • Mengistu Haile Mariam5



    WorksShaping the constitution, Founding congress of the Workers' Party of Ethiopia

    Mengistu Haile Mariam (Amharic: መንግስቱ ኃይለ ማርያም, pronounced [mənɡɨstu haɪlə marjam]; born 21... more on Wikipedia
  • Hama Tuma6

    Hama Tuma

    Age: 69

    BirthplaceAddis Ababa, Ethiopia


    WorksDemocratic Cannibalism, Give Me a Dog's Life Any Day, The case of the socialist witchdoctor and other stories

    Hama Tuma (born 1949) is an Ethiopian poet and writer in the Amharic and English languages.
  • Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin7

    Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin

    Dec. at 70 (1936-2006)



    WorksCollision of altars, Oda oak oracle

    Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin (17 August 1936 – 25 February 2006) was an Ethiopian poet, playwright,... more on Wikipedia
  • Sahle Sellassie8

    Sahle Sellassie

    Age: 83


    WorksShinega's village, The Afersata [an Ethiopian novel

    Sahle Sellassie Berhane Mariam (Amharic: ሳህለ ሰልላስሴ በርሃነ ማርአም ; born 1936) is an Ethiopian... more on Wikipedia
  • Haddis Alemayehu9

    Haddis Alemayehu

    Dec. at 93 (1910-2003)

    BirthplaceDebre Marqos, Ethiopia


    Haddis Alemayehu (Amharic: ሀዲስ ዓለማየሁ; haddis alämayähu, 15 October 1910 – 6 December 2003),... more on Wikipedia
  • Asfa-Wossen Asserate10

    BirthplaceAddis Ababa, Ethiopia

    NationalityGermany, Ethiopia

    Le'ul Ras (Prince) Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate (Amharic: አስፋ ወሰን ዓሥራተ) (born 31 October 1948,... more on Wikipedia
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    Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin

    'Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin,' an Ethiopian economist with Swiss nationality, is a former Chief... more on Wikipedia
  • 12

    Dirbdil Assefa Akriso

    Dirbdil Assefa Akriso is an Ethiopian film director and screenwriter.
  • 13

    Kebede Bekere

    Age: 49



    Kebede Bekere is an Ethiopian non-fiction writer. He was born in western part of Ethiopia from... more on Wikipedia
  • Mengistu Lemma14

    Mengistu Lemma

    Dec. at 64 (1924-1988)

    BirthplaceHarar, Ethiopia


    Mengistu Lemma (1924–1988) was an Ethiopian playwright and poet.
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    Afevork Ghevre Jesus

    Dec. at 79 (1868-1947)


    Afäwarq Gäbrä Iyäsus (Amharic: አፈ ፡ ወርቅ ፡ ገብረ ፡ ኢየሱስ; misspelled in Italian: Afevork... more on Wikipedia
  • Moges Kebede16

    Moges Kebede

    Moges Kebede, sometimes credited as Moges Kebede Damte or Moges Damte, (Amharic: ሞገስ ከበደ) is... more on Wikipedia
  • Mammo Wudneh17
    Mammo Wudneh (1931-2012) was a playwright, journalist and President of the Ethiopian Writers'... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Demese Tsege

    Demese Tesege is an Ethiopian author and journalist. He works for the Addis Zemen newspaper.... more on Wikipedia
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    Tāddasa Lībān is an Ethiopian writer known for the collection Maskaram from 1956. Tāddasa... more on Wikipedia