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 165,892 page views. Her biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Mariama Bâ is the 2,943rd most popular writer (down from 2,694th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Senegal (up from 13th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Senegalese Writer.

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Among writers, Mariama Bâ ranks 2,943 out of 5,794Before her are Yulian Semyonov, Peter Bieri, Ernst Weiss, Salvador Espriu, Petr Chelčický, and Huseyn Javid. After her are Antonio Ghislanzoni, Olena Teliha, Karl Philipp Moritz, Fatma Aliye Topuz, David Shore, and Annette Kellermann.

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Among people born in 1929, Mariama Bâ ranks 210Before her are Jacques Deray, John Turner, Anastasios of Albania, Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, John Osborne, and Christoph von Dohnányi. After her are John C. Bogle, Eric Carle, István Kertész, Sunil Dutt, Rudi Glöckner, and Carolyn S. Shoemaker. Among people deceased in 1981, Mariama Bâ ranks 102Before her are Paul Anspach, Zdeněk Burian, Ivan Eklind, Jaap Bakema, Jim Davis, and Roman Rudenko. After her are Zoilo Saldombide, Eraldo Monzeglio, Michele Andreolo, Marcel Bezençon, Jaime Roldós Aguilera, and Ricardo Wolf.

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In Senegal

Among people born in Senegal, Mariama Bâ ranks 12 out of 97Before her are Patrick Vieira (1976), Youssou N'Dour (1959), Cheikh Anta Diop (1923), Macky Sall (1961), Lamine Diack (1933), and Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow (1921). After her are Patrice Evra (1981), Sadio Mané (1992), Théodore-Adrien Sarr (1936), Aminata Sow Fall (1941), Mame Madior Boye (1940), and Ibrahim Ba (1973).

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), Cheikh Hamidou Kane (1928), Fatou Diome (1968), and Khady Sylla (1963).