Author Profiles

Yvonne Vera

Born in 1964 in Bulawayo in what was then Southern Rhodesia, Vera’s life was cut tragically short when, in 2005, she died of meningitis aged just 40. She has come to be regarded as one of the most important sub-Saharan female novelists to have emerged in recent decades.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Born in Kamiriithu, Kenya, in 1938, Thiong’o is one of the most celebrated African intellectuals and writers. He has enjoyed international acclaim as a novelist, essayist, playwright, social commentator and activist.

Ayi Kwei Armah

Born in Takoradi, Ghana, in 1939, Armah is widely considered one of the most important African writers to have emerged in the post-colonial period. Educated at Harvard, Armah has worked as a translator and scriptwriter, in addition to his activities as a novelist.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adichie is often spoken of in the same breath as Achebe, with many believing she has assumed his creative mantel. She is widely regarded as one of the most important voices to have emerged in contemporary African literature and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

Mariama Bâ

Mariama Ba's life and work were preoccupied with issues such as gender relations, power and inequality, as well as the ways in which these were framed and affected by African and Islamic cultural beliefs.

Dr. Abdurahman Abdullahi (Baadiyow)

Dr. Abdurahman Abdullahi (Baadiyow) combines a rare achievement of being a high-ranking military officer (1971-1986), an electronic engineer, an Islamic scholar, and sociopolitical activist.