Aminata Sow Fall

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Aminata Sow Fall
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Born 1941
Saint-Louis, Senegal
Language French
Nationality Senegal
Genre Novel; short story

Aminata Sow Fall (born 1941) is a Senegalese-born author. While her native language is Wolof, her books are written in French. She is considered "the first published woman novelist from francophone Black Africa".[1]


She was born 1941 in Saint-Louis, Senegal, where she grew up before moving to Dakar to finish her secondary schooling. After this, she did a degree in Modern Languages in France and became a teacher upon returning to Senegal.[2] She was a member of the Commission for Educational Reform responsible for the introduction of African literature into the French syllabus in Senegal, before becoming director of La Propriété littéraire (The Literary Property) in Dakar (1979–88).[3] She was appointed the first woman president of Senegal's Writer's Association in 1985. In 1990 she founded the publishing house Éditions Khoudia.



Her books include:

The film Battu (2000) by director Cheick Oumar Sissoko is based on her novel La Grève des bàttu.


  1. ^ Margaret Busby, Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women of African Descent (1992), London: Vintage, 1993, p. 525.
  2. ^ "Aminata Sow Fall", The University of Western Australia/French.
  3. ^ Aminata Sow Fall: An author from Senegal writing in French

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