Famous Zimbabwean Writers

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Danai Gurira
(Actress and Playwright)
Danai Gurira
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Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grinnell, Iowa, United States
Danai Gurira is best known as Michonne from The Walking Dead and as Okoye from the Marvel films Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. She earned a Tony nomination for writing the Broadway play Eclipsed. She has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador and promotes arts and women empowerment.
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Doris Lessing
(Novelist)
Doris Lessing
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Birthdate: October 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran
Died: November 17, 2013
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Alexander McCall Smith
(British Writer Known for the Series of Novels ‘The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency’)
Alexander McCall Smith
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Birthdate: August 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Alexander McCall Smith is a British-Zimbabwean writer best known for his The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels. A lawyer by qualification, he is a respected expert on medical law and bioethics. His books have sold over 40 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 46 languages. Also an amateur bassoonist, he co-founded The Really Terrible Orchestra.  

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 4 
Tongayi Chirisa
(Actor)
Tongayi Chirisa
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Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
 5 
Tsitsi Dangarembga
(Novelist)
Tsitsi Dangarembga
2
Birthdate: February 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mutoko, Zimbabwe
 6 
Alexandra Fuller
(Author)
Alexandra Fuller
2
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Glossop, Derbyshire, England
 7 
Dambudzo Marechera
(Novelist)
Dambudzo Marechera
2
Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rusape, Zimbabwe
Died: August 18, 1987
 8 
NoViolet Bulawayo
(Author)
NoViolet Bulawayo
2
Birthdate: December 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe
 9 
Petina Gappah
(Lawyer)
Petina Gappah
2
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Copperbelt Province, Zambia
 10 
Yvonne Vera
(Author)
Yvonne Vera
1
Birthdate: September 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Died: April 7, 2005
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Charles Mungoshi
(Writer)
Charles Mungoshi
1
Birthdate: December 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
Died: February 16, 2019
 12 
Anne McClintock
(Writer)
Anne McClintock
1
Birthdate: August 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Chenjerai Hove
(Poet)
Chenjerai Hove
1
Birthdate: February 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zvishavane, Zimbabwe
Died: July 12, 2015
 14 
Daniel Carney
(Novelist)
Daniel Carney
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Birthdate: August 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: January 6, 1987

Daniel Carney was a Rhodesian novelist. Some of his novels, namely The Whispering Death (1969), The Wild Geese (1977), and The Square Circle (1982), were adapted into successful films. Daniel Carney is also credited with co-founding a couple of estate agents in Salisbury, Rhodesia, in 1968.

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Ronald Duncan
(British author)
Ronald Duncan
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Birthdate: August 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mashonaland, Zimbabwe
Died: June 3, 1982
 16 
Heidi Holland
(Journalist)
Heidi Holland
1
Birthdate: October 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: August 11, 2012
 17 
Solomon Mutswairo
(Novelist)
Solomon Mutswairo
1
Birthdate: April 26, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
Died: November 23, 2005
 18 
Catherine Buckle
(Writer)
Catherine Buckle
1
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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John Gordon Davis
(Writer)
John Gordon Davis
1
Birthdate: January 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Enkeldoorn, Southern Rhodesia
Died: November 5, 2014
 20 
Ngugi wa Mirii
(Playwright)
Ngugi wa Mirii
1
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Limuru, Kenya
Died: May 3, 2008
 21 
Shimmer Chinodya
(Author)
Shimmer Chinodya
1
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Gweru, Zimbabwe
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Cont Mhlanga
(Zimbabwean Playwright, Actor and Theatre Director)
Cont Mhlanga
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Birthdate: March 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lupane, Zimbabwe
Died: August 1, 2022
 23 
Panashe Chigumadzi
(Journalist)
Panashe Chigumadzi
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Birthdate: 1991 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
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Musaemura Zimunya
(Writer)
Musaemura Zimunya
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Birthdate: November 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mutare, Zimbabwe
 25 
Masimba Musodza
(Writer)
Masimba Musodza
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Birthdate: March 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Novuyo Tshuma
(Writer)
Novuyo Tshuma
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Birthdate: January 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
 27 
David Mungoshi
(Novelist)
David Mungoshi
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Birthdate: September 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Died: August 29, 2020
 28 
Elizabeth Mpofu
(Writer)
Elizabeth Mpofu
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
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Patricia Schonstein
(Novelist)
Patricia Schonstein
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Birthdate: March 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
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Sekai Nzenza
(Zimbabwean Author)
Sekai Nzenza
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

While she initially trained as a nurse in England, Zimbabwean author and politician Sekai Nzenza then moved to Australia, where she completed her PhD. Known for her book Songs to an African Sunset, she has also been a columnist for The Herald and Zimbabwe’s Public Service Labor and Social Welfare Minister.

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John Eppel
(Poet)
John Eppel
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Birthdate: September 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lydenburg, South Africa
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Zodwa Nyoni
(Poet)
Zodwa Nyoni
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Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe