7 African French Authors You Should Know

Curated by Damola Oluwemimo


  1. Alain Mabanckou – Congo.
    Alain Mabanckou is a novelist, journalist, poet, and academic, a French citizen born in the Republic of the Congo, he is currently a Professor of Literature at UCLA. He is best known for his novels and non-fiction writing depicting the experience of contemporary Africa and the African diaspora in France.
    Books include: African Psycho, Broken Glass, Memoirs of a Porcupine, Black Bazaar.
  2. Fatou Doime:- Senegal.
    Fatou Diome is a French-Senegalese writer known for her best-selling novel The Belly of the Atlantic, which was published in 2001. Her work explores immigrant life in France, and the relationship between France and Africa. Fatou Diome lives in Strasbourg, France.
    Books include: Le ventre de l’Atlantique (The Belly of the Atlantic).
  3. JJ Bola:- Kinshasa.
    JJ Bola is a Kinshasa-born, British writer and poet, based in London. He has written three collections of poetry as well as a novel, No Place to Call Home, and a non-fiction book about masculinity and patriarchy for young people, Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined.
    Books include: Elevate, Daughter of the Sun, WORD.
  4. Véronique Tadjo:- Véronique Tadjo is a writer, poet, novelist, and artist from Côte d’Ivoire. Having lived and worked in many countries within the African continent and diaspora, she feels herself to be pan-African, in a way that is reflected in the subject matter, imagery and allusions of her work.
    Books include: Far from my Father.
  5. Felwine Sarr:- Felwine Sarr is a Senegalese scholar, musician and writer born in Sine Saloum, Niodior Arrondissement. He studied Economics and has been teaching at the Gaston Berger University since 2007.
    Book include: Afrotopia.
  6. Gaël Faye:- Gaël Faye is a Rwandan-French singer, rapper, and writer. He was born in Bujumbura, Burundi of a French father and Rwandan mother. He emigrated to France at the age of 13 escaping from the Rwandan genocide. He wrote a book about it, Small Country, a semi-biographical book.
    Books include: Petite Pays
  7. Richard Ali A. Mutu:- DRC. A Congolese writer from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Books include:- Mr Fix-It, Le cauchemardeaque de Tabu (Tabu’s nightmare)
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