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Ivone Aida Lopes Fernandes Ramos (born July 9, 1926 in Santa Catarina on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde) is a Cape Verdean writer who lives in Mindelo.



She was born to Armando Napoleão Rodrigues Fernandes and Alice Lopes da Silva Fernandes, she belongs to a family of great literary figure including her uncles José Lopes da Silva, the poet, her cousins were António Aurélio Gonçalves and Baltasar Lopes da Silva, her sister was Orlanda Amarílis and her brother in law was Manuel Ferreira.

At age 6, she returned to Assomada. She enjoyed reading since she was a child, her favorite genres are political novels, love, and spy stories, medieval books and others, where her father opened a library house where she lived. In this way, she grew up and educated with local and world problems.

She later moved to the island of São Vicente and lived in her uncle's house, the writer António Aurélio Gonçalves, where she started to write stories and folklore books from Cape Verde, because she knew and liked to tell him. These stories had been told by her neighbors, their housewives and the elders in Santa Catarina and São Nicolau, in the yard and the house door, with the starry sky and the boys sitting and telling stories. These were tales of sorcerers, persons with powerful extraordinaries, or the hero that went on a mission full of danger. She never called or cared about the writer.

Only much, much, later on, these stories provided in an inspiration for writing a series of books. Her first book was Vidas Vividas published in 1990. She re-edited her father's book Léxico do dialecto crioulo do arquipélago de Cabo Verde in 1990 in Mindelo. She later made more stories including "Futcera ta cendê na Rotcha" (2000) and "Exilada" (2005). Later in 2009 she published a children's short story book titled Mam Bia tita conta estória na criol (Mãe Bia está a contar histórias em crioulo).

A dressmaker, tailor (or snider) made clothes and had an artistic side expressed through handcrafts, and confection of traditional pieces such as patchwork quilt, pockets of market vendors, embroidery, cloth dolls and a many of decoration.

Personal life

She later married Arnaldo da Silva Gonçalves and raised children, one of them, Carlos Filipe Gonçalves who is a journalist.


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