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

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This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Senegalese writers?" and "Which writers are from Senegal?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Senegal in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Senegal, but they're all of Senegal descent.
Ousmane Sembène is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers 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 from a Serer family through his mother from the line of Matar Sène, Ousmane Sembène was particularly drawn to Serer religious festivals especially the Tuur festival. ...more

Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Ziguinchor Department, Senegal

Nationality: Senegal

Works: Moolaadé, Faat Kiné, Camp Thiaroye, Xala, Mandabi, + more

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#15 on The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked

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Léopold Sédar Senghor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers 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 Democratic Bloc. He is regarded by many as one of the most important African intellectuals of the 20th century. ...more

Birthplace: Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal

Nationality: Senegal

Works: Le plan du décollage économique, ou, La participation responsable comme moteur du développement, Le dialogue des cultures, Nation et Voie Africaine du Socialisme, + more

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#24 on The Best French Language Poets of All Time

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Ghassan Salhab


Ghassan Salhab is a Lebanese screenwriter, film director, and producer. Salhab was born in Dakar, Senegal to Lebanese parents. In Addition to making his own films, Salhab collaborates on various scenarios in Lebanon and in France, and teaches film at ALBA and USJ. He has directed five feature films: Beyrouth Fantome, Terra Incognita, The Last Man, The Mountain and The Valley. He has also made numerous short films and videos, including: Posthume, Narcisse Perdu, My living body, my dead body, La Rose de Personne, Afrique Fantome, and Apres la Mort. He has published his texts and articles in Various magazines. His fourth feature film, 1958 Autoportrait d'hier, was screened at Cinema Metropolis ...more

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Nationality: Senegal, Lebanon

Works: Terra incognita, A Man of Honor, The Mountain

Djibril Diop Mambéty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
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Djibril Diop Mambéty was a Senegalese film director, actor, orator, composer and poet. Though he made only a small number of films, they received international acclaim for their original and experimental cinematic technique and non-linear, unconventional narrative style. Born to a Muslim family near Dakar, Senegal's capital city, Mambéty was Wolof. He died in 1998 while being treated for lung cancer in a Paris hospital. ...more

Birthplace: Gueule Tapée-Fass-Colobane, Dakar Department, Senegal

Nationality: Senegal

Works: The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun, Touki Bouki, Hyenas, Le Franc, Badou Boy

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#32 on The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked

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