In our continuing look back at the year, we talk about those who passed away in 2021.

We have been remembering those who ended their journey as elders and became literary ancestors in our annual recap and this year is no different. Many of those who have produced the work that nourished us as a people and as a literary community gave their leave and went into the afterlife. You can check out reporting on “Authors & Translators Who Left Us in 2021” from our friends at Arablit.org by clicking here. Here is a list of those who passed away in 2021 based on our reporting here at JamesMurua.com.

Egyptian author, activist, and physician Nawal El-Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi
Nawal El Saadawi

Kenyan novelist Henry Ole Kulet

Henry Ole Kulet
Henry Ole Kulet

US author, professor, feminist scholar bell hooks

bell hooks
bell hooks

South African poet, children’s book writer, and anti-apartheid struggle icon Lindiwe Mabuza

Lindiwe Mabuza
Lindiwe Mabuza

US American writer Greg Tate

Greg Tate
Greg Tate

Cote D’Ivoire novelist and short story writer Isaïe Biton Koulibaly

Isaïe Biton Koulibaly
Isaïe Biton Koulibaly

South African novelist Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith

Egyptian Theater director and professor of directing Mahmoud El Lozy

Mahmoud El Lozy
Mahmoud El Lozy

Swahili-language poet, lyricist, and writer Haji Gora Haji

Haji Gora Haji
Haji Gora Haji

South African academic Prof Bhekizizwe Peterson

Prof Bhekizizwe Peterson
Prof Bhekizizwe Peterson

Kenyan novelist Charles Mangua

Charles Mangua
Charles Mangua

Jamaican dub poet and storyteller Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze

Jean 'Binta' Breeze
Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze

US American children’s book and biography author and poet Eloise Greenfield

Eloise Greenfield
Eloise Greenfield

May they all rest in peace.