Ousmane Sembene

Ousmane Sembene

Name Ousmane Sembene
Profession Novelist
Date of Birth 1923-01-01
Place of Birth Ziguinchor,
Age 84 yrs
Death Date 2007-06-09
Birth Sign Capricorn

About Ousmane Sembene

Senegalese author and film director whose masterpiece novel, God’s Bits of Wood, was inspired by real-life events. His later, politically-themed works include The Last of the Empire and Niiwam and Taaw.

Early Life of Ousmane Sembene

He was drafted into the Senegalese corps of the French Army, and he fought in World War II.


He received a prestigious award at the 1979 Moscow International Film Festival.

Family Life

The son of a fisherman, he was raised primarily by his maternal grandmother.

Associated With

He and civil rights leader Dorothy Day were both committed to social change.