Writers Famous Writers from Senegal

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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.

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Ousmane Sembène is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Died at 84 (1923-2007) 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 ...more

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Léopold Sédar Senghor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Died at 95 (1906-2001) 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 ...more

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Ghassan Salhab is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Ghassan Salhab age 60 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 ...more

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Djibril Diop Mambéty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Died at 53 (1945-1998) 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 ...more

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Karine Silla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
age 53 Karine Silla is an actress, screenwriter, film director and a model.

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Mansour Sora Wade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
age 66 Mansour Sora Wade is a Senegalese film director of Lebou people ancestry. He studied at Paris 8 University and went on to direct the audiovisual archives for the Senegalese Ministry of Culture, ...more

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Alain Gomis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
age 46 Alain Gomis is a film director and screenwriter.

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Boubacar Boris Diop is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
age 72 Boubacar Boris Diop is a Senegalese novelist, journalist and screenwriter. His best known work, Murambi, le livre des ossements, is the fictional account of a notorious massacre during the ...more

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Fatou Diome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
age 50 Fatou Diome is a Senegalese writer, known for her bestselling novel The Belly of the Atlantic, published in 2001. Her work explores immigrant life in France, and the relationship between France ...more

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Abasse Ndione is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
age 72 Abasse Ndione is a Senegalese author and nurse.

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Cheikh Hamidou Kane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Cheikh Hamidou Kane age 90 Cheikh Hamidou Kane is a Senegalese writer best known for his prize-winning novel L'Aventure ambiguë, about the interactions of western and African cultures. Its hero is a Fulani boy who ...more

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Ken Bugul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Ken Bugul age 71 Ken Bugul is the pen name of a Senegalese Francophone novelist, whose real name is Mariètou Mbaye Biléoma. In the Wolof language, the name means "one who is unwanted".

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Mariama Bâ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Mariama Bâ Died at 52 (1929-1981) Mariama Bâ was a Senegalese author and feminist, who wrote in French. Born in Dakar, she was raised a Muslim, but at an early age came to criticise what she perceived as inequalities ...more

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Nafissatou Niang Diallo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Nafissatou Niang Diallo Died at 41 (1941-1982) Nafissatou Niang Diallo was a Senegalese writer who wrote in French. After studying in Toulouse, she began writing. Her 1975 autobiography De Tilène au Plateau, a Dakar childhood was ...more

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Abdoul Aziz Cissé is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Abdoul Aziz Cissé Abdoul Aziz Cissé is a film director, a screenwriter, a film editor and a film producer.

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Cheikh Tidiane Gaye is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Cheikh Tidiane Gaye age 47 Cheikh Tidiane Gaye is a Senegalese-Italian writer. His first novel was published in Italy, with the title Il giuramento, followed by Mery principessa albina, and Il canto del Djali, published ...more

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Abibatou Traoré is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Abibatou Traoré age 45 Abibatou Traoré is a Senegalese writer and a member of the "Eminent Minds" panel created by Secretary General Kofi Annan. This panel was created to make suggestions for the ...more

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Fatou Niang Siga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Senegal
Fatou Niang Siga age 86 Fatou Niang Siga and is a Senegalese author and schoolteacher. She is a Mouride Muslim and has made hajj to Mecca twice. Like her mother she is married and has twelve children. Her writing has ...more