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Mariama Bâ

1929 - 1981

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Mariama Bâ (April 17, 1929 – August 17, 1981) was a Senegalese author and feminist, whose two French-language novels were both translated into more than a dozen languages. Born in Dakar, she was raised a Muslim. Her frustration with the fate of African women is expressed in her first novel, Une si longue lettre (1979; translated into English as So Long a Letter). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mariama Bâ has received more than 181,266 page views. Her biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Mariama Bâ is the 2,802nd most popular writer (up from 2,941st in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Senegal (down from 12th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Senegalese Writer.

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  • 29

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.85

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  • 3.50

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Mariama Bâ ranks 2,802 out of 5,755Before her are Wang Bo, Kálmán Mikszáth, Alice B. Toklas, Karl Gutzkow, Victoria Benedictsson, and Vladimir Voinovich. After her are Lupus Servatus, Vonda N. McIntyre, Niccolò Tommaseo, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, Ibn Zaydún, and Hubert Selby Jr..

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Among people born in 1929, Mariama Bâ ranks 204Before her are Julinho, Ronnie Biggs, Antonietta Stella, Ronald Golias, Péter Palotás, and François Cheng. After her are Roger Bannister, Gérard de Villiers, Liz Sheridan, Leila Abashidze, Albert Azaryan, and Kishore Kumar. Among people deceased in 1981, Mariama Bâ ranks 97Before her are Edvard Kocbek, Lanza del Vasto, Mohammad Beheshti, Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia, Mohammad-Javad Bahonar, and Jean Eustache. After her are Robert Montgomery, Walter Heitler, Roman Rudenko, Zdeněk Burian, Norman Taurog, and Marcel Bezençon.

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In Senegal

Among people born in Senegal, Mariama Bâ ranks 14 out of 114Before her are Ousmane Sembène (1923), Youssou N'Dour (1959), Patrick Vieira (1976), Cheikh Anta Diop (1923), Patrice Evra (1981), and Sadio Mané (1992). After her are Aliou Cissé (1976), Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow (1921), Didier Raoult (1952), Mame Madior Boye (1940), Papa Bouba Diop (1978), and Théodore-Adrien Sarr (1936).

Among WRITERS In Senegal

Among writers born in Senegal, Mariama Bâ ranks 2Before her are Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906). After her are Aminata Sow Fall (1941), Birago Diop (1908), Cheikh Hamidou Kane (1928), Fatou Diome (1968), Khady Sylla (1963), and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (1990).