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.
Born in Baidoa in what was Italian Somaliland in 1945, Farah has produced a series of novels, plays, essays and journalistic reflections on his native Somalia.
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.
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.
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.