Chenjerai Hove is an award-winning author and one of the most celebrated Zimbabwean writers. He published many novels, some of his most outstanding include "Shadows and Bones" and "Up In Arms". He was also a playwright and activist forced into exile in 2001 following confrontations with state security agents.

Chenjerai hove
Chenjerai Hove, Zimbabwean Writer, Zimbabwean Author
Born February 9, 1956
Died July 12, 2015 (aged 59)
Nationality Zimbabwe
Education University of Zimbabwe
Alma mater University of Zimbabwe
  • Academic
  • Author
Notable work Second Prize, Zimbabwe's Best 100 Books of the 20th Century, for Bones (2003)
Spouse(s) Tekla Hove



He was born on 9 Feb 1956 in Mazvihwa, Zvishavane .[1] He is said to have been the son of a chief, he was marrried to Tekla Hove[2]


Chenjerai Hove attended Kutama College and Marist Dete for his secondary education. He attained a Certificate of Education from Gweru Teachers’ College, Gweru, Zimbabwe. He later attended the University of South Africa from 1980–83 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Between 1984-1985 he studied for a Bachelor of Arts Special Honours Degree at the University of Zimbabwe.[1]


Hove started off as a teacher before venturing into journalism. He was one of the most outspoken critiques of the government before he eventually left the country in 2001 citing safety concerns. While in exile, he became a fellow of the International Writers Project in residence at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.[1] In January 2010, he became the Writer-in-Residence at the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade County College. From 2007-2009, he was a visiting Professor/Fellow at Brown University.[3]


Hove died aged 59 in Norway where he was an academic.[4] He died in the Scandinavian nation having fled Zimbabwe after alleged harassment from the state due to his criticism of its operations. He died of liver complications in the company of his wife and sister.

Positions Held

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with stipend from Norwegian Organization.

Translated Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ into native Shona language.

and Network, Harare, Zimbabwe.

lectures ‘Literature and Peace’ in the Peace Institure of the University.


College, Harare, Zimbabwe

international writers seminar and international relations and fund-raising.

Education and Training [3]

Life in Exile

Hove lived in exile in Europe and United States and this prevented him from attending his mother's funeral in 2013.[5] It is alleged that the Zimbabwean Government sent four armed policemen to apprehend him. He also claims that he was considered an enemy of the state.[5]

Published Works


Parliamentary Committee) for overall contribution to democracy and human rights in Africa through my writings in literature and journalism.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chenjerai Hove dies, NewsDay, Published: July 13, 2015, Retrieved: July 13, 2015
  2. Chenjerai Hove Dies in exile, NewsDzeZimbabwe, Published: July 13, 2015, Retrieved: July 13, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chenjerai Hove, FL Center, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 13, 2015
  4. Zimbabwe writer Chenjerai Hove dies, British Broadcasting Corporation, Published: July 13, 2015, Retrieved: July 13, 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 Exiled writer Chenjerai Hove dies, Nehanda Radio, Published: July 12, 2015, Retrieved: July 13, 2015