Dennis Brutus was born on November 28, 1924 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to South African parents.
Kofi Awoonor was a poet, author, literary critic and ambassador of Ghana. He was born on March 13, 1935 in Wheta, Ghana and studied at the University of Ghana.
Amadou Ba is an iconic writer, ethnologist, translator and historian from Mali. He was born in Bandiagara, a small town in the Mopti region of Mali, in 1900.
The first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1986), Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka, known as Wole Soyinka, is a Nigerian writer, author, poet and dramatist.