Writers Famous Writers from Zimbabwe

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

Writers include everything from John Eppel to Alexander Kanengoni.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Zimbabwean writers?" and "Which writers are from Zimbabwe?"

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

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Kevin Curran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Kevin Curran Died at 53 (1959-2012) Kevin Malcolm Curran was a Zimbabwean international cricketer. Born in Rusape, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, he played in both the 1983 Cricket World Cup and 1987 Cricket World Cup. He ...more

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M. K. Asante is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
M. K. Asante age 35 MK Asante is an American author, filmmaker, rapper, and professor at Morgan State University. He is best known for his memoir Buck. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Philadelphia, he is the son of ...more

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Robert Mugabe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe age 93 Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime ...more

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Charles Shemu Joyah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Charles Shemu Joyah age 58 Charles Shemu Joyah is an award winning producer and director from Malawi. He was born in Zimbabwe. His first movies 'Seasons of a Life' became popular in film festivals world wide and received ...more

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Alexandra Fuller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Alexandra Fuller age 48 Alexandra Fuller is an author who currently lives in the U.S. state of Wyoming.

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Fay Chung is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Fay Chung age 76 Fay King Chung is a Zimbabwean educator and an independent candidate for the March 2008 Zimbabwean senatorial election. She is one of the early public supporters of independent presidential ...more

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Tendai Biti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Tendai Biti age 51 Tendai Laxton Biti is a Zimbabwean politician who served as Zimbabwe's Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2013. He was the Secretary-General of the Movement for Democratic Change political party ...more

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Dambudzo Marechera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Dambudzo Marechera Died at 35 (1952-1987) Dambudzo Marechera was a Zimbabwean novelist and poet. His short career produced a book of stories, two novels, a book of plays, prose, and poetry, and a collection of poetry.

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Joshua Nkomo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Joshua Nkomo Died at 82 (1917-1999) Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo was the leader and founder of the Zimbabwe African People's Union and a member of the Ndebele tribe. He was a trades-union leader, who became president of the ...more

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Edgar Tekere is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Edgar Tekere Died at 74 (1937-2011) Edgar Zivanai Tekere, nicknamed "2 Boy", was a Zimbabwean politician. He was the second and last Secretary General of the Zimbabwe African National Union who organised the party during ...more

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Jonathan Moyo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Jonathan Moyo age 60 Jonathan Nathaniel Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician who has served in the government of Zimbabwe as Minister of Information since 2013. He previously served as Minister of Information from 2000 ...more

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Chenjerai Hove is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Chenjerai Hove age 61 Chenjerai Hove, is a Zimbabwean poet, novelist and essayist who writes in both English and Shona. "Modernist in their formal construction, but making extensive use of oral conventions, ...more

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Daniel Carney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Daniel Carney Died at 43 (1944-1987) Daniel Carney was a Rhodesian novelist. Three of his novels have been made into films. He is a brother of Erin Pizzey, also a writer.

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John Eppel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
John Eppel age 70 John Eppel was born in Lydenburg, South Africa. He moved to Colleen Bawn, a small mining town in the south of Southern Rhodesia, at the age of four. He was educated at Milton High School in ...more

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Catherine Buckle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Catherine Buckle age 60 Catherine Buckle or Cathy Buckle is a Zimbabwean writer and blogger living in Marondera, Zimbabwe. She and her former husband bought "Stow Farm" in Marondera in 1990 and managed to ...more

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Cain Mathema is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Cain Mathema age 70 Cain Ginyilitshe Ndabazekhaya Mathema is a Zimbabwean politician who is the Governor and Resident Minister of Bulawayo. In late February 2008, he was present at rally supporting ZANU-PF ...more

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Olivia Muchena is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Olivia Muchena age 71 Olivia Nyembezi Muchena is a Zimbabwean politician and the former Minister of Higher Education in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe. She has also served as the Minister of Science and Technology ...more

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Chirikure is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Chirikure age 55 Chirikure Chirikure is a Zimbabwean poet, songwriter, and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and an Honorary Fellow of University of Iowa, USA. He worked with one of ...more

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Dominic Benhura is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Dominic Benhura age 49 Dominic Benhura is a Zimbabwean sculptor. Benhura was born in Murewa, to the northeast of Salisbury. His father died before his birth, and he was raised by his mother. As he was an excellent ...more

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Alexander Kanengoni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Alexander Kanengoni age 66 Alexander Kanengoni is a Zimbabwean writer, formally a member of ZANLA, took part in Zimbabwe's war for independence. He is a graduate of Kutama College. He is also a graduate of the University ...more

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Evert Hoek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Zimbabwe
Evert Hoek age 84 Evert Hoek FREng born in 1933 in Southern Rhodesia, is a South African-Canadian Civil Engineer specialized Geotechnical Engineering and a leading international expert in rock mechanics. Hoek ...more