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Authors 2018

Athi-Nangamso Nkopo

 Athi-Nangamso Nkopo

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Bibi Bakare-Yusuf

 Bibi Bakare-Yusuf

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Charmza Mrwebi

 Charmza Mrwebi

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Chwayita Ngamlana

 Chwayita Ngamlana

Chwayita Ngamlana is an artsy Grahamstownian who has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing (with distinction) and a deliciously controversial novel, If I Stay Right Here, recently published by Blackbird Books - an imprint of Jacana Media. Since the release of the novel, she has made appearances on SABC's Morning Live as well as eNCA. She has also been interviewed on national radio stations (Kaya FM, Tru FM, SA FM etc.) and has appeared in several magazines (True Love, BONA etc.) and newspapers. Her novel was named one of the best books of 2017 by The Sunday Times. It was also long-listed for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize (2018). Ngamlana has taken part in prestigious annual events such as the Open Book Festival (2017), the Cape Town Pride Book Evening (2018) and, most recently, the South African Book Fair. She has given writing seminars at Witwatersrand and was a guest lecturer for Master’s in Creative Writing (MACW) prose students at Rhodes University. Both institutions tasked her to talk about the novel and also impart her knowledge of experimental/innovative writing. She is currently writing her second novel while also working on building a show, with the likes of Kia Johnson, called All Woman. The first three episodes of the show were recently aired on channel 263 and can be found on various platforms under the handle AllWomanTV.

Cindy Mkaza

 Cindy Mkaza

Cindy Mkaza-Siboto obtained a BA Degree in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town in 2006. She specialises in the areas of physical theatre, storytelling, acting and puppetry. Cindy has participated in previous Infecting The City Festivals as a performer, facilitator and producer (under UNIMA SA). In 2009, she co-created a one-woman theatre production for ITC, Inkosazana, with director Leila Anderson. Inkosazana was also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2009), Theatre Arts Admin Season of Performances (2009) and at the Out the Box Festival (2010).

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book; and Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013. Ms. Adichie is also the author of the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.

Ms. Adichie has been invited to speak around the world. Her 2009 TED Talk, The Danger of A Single Story, is now one of the most-viewed TED Talks of all time. Her 2012 talk We Should All Be Feminists has a started a worldwide conversation about feminism, and was published as a book in 2014.

Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Ms. Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

Diana Ferrus

 Diana Ferrus

Diana Ferrus is a writer, poet, storyteller. She was born in Worcester in 1953 and completed a postgraduate qualification in Women's and Gender Studies. She has published two collections of poetry, one in Afrikaans, "Ons Komvandaan" and one in English, "I have come to take you home". She is currently working on 3 collections. She hopes to have one published in 2018 and the other two in 2019. The publications will be in English and Afrikaans. Diana has attended a storytelling festival in Noordwijk, The Netherlands in 2017 where she performed the story of Sarah Baartman. Diana is known worldwide for her poem that she wrote for a young Khoi woman Sarah Baartman who was taken to England under false pretences. She was sold in France and died at the young age of 25 in 1815. Her body was dissected and displayed in The Musee de L'Homme in Paris. Diana's poem, "Ive come to take you home was instrumental in having the remains returned to South Africa in 2002. Diana has retired from the University of the Western Cape in 2016 after 25 years of service.

Dudu Busani-Dube

 Dudu Busani-Dube

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Efe Paul Azino

 Efe Paul Azino

Efe Paul Azino is one of Nigeria’s best-known performance artists and poets. In 2015, he co-founded West Africa's first international poetry festival, the Lagos International Poetry Festival, which he currently directs. He is also the director of poetry at the annual Lagos Book and Art Festival. In 2017 he was named as one of the most powerful people in the Nigerian art and culture space by Ynaija. He published his first collection of poetry in 2015 titled For Broken Men Who Cross Often, under Farafina Books. He has appeared at the Berlin Poetry Festival, Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival, Spier International Poetry Festival Cape Town, Taipei Poetry Festival and the Ake Book and Arts Festival amongst others. His poems have been translated into Afrikaans, French, German and Mandarin. He is an Osiwa Poetry Residency Fellow, and hs second poetry collection, The Tragedy of Falling with Laughter Stuck in Your Throat, is due out in 2019.

Esinako Ndabeni

 Esinako Ndabeni

Esinako Ndabeni is a final year student at the University of Cape Town. She is doing her Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in International Relations and Anthropology. Her debut book with Sihle Mthembu, Born to Kwaito, was borne out of her kwaito blog, “Don’t Call Me Kaffir” where she wrote about the socio-political significance of kwaito in post-apartheid South Africa. Her by-lines include Mail & Guardian, Between 10 and 5 and the Chicago-based NEXT magazine. Raised in the Eastern Cape to the sounds of maskandi, soul and kwaito, Esi learned about the impact of popular culture in the everyday life from a very young age. She has committed to spending time trying to understand it further and communicate that understanding in a way that is true to black South African identities.

Fred Khumalo

 Fred Khumalo

Fred Khumalo is the author of three novels: Dancing the Death Drill, inspired by the tragic sinking of the SS Mendi; Bitches’ Brew, which was a joint winner of the 2006 European Union Literary Award; and Seven Steps to Heaven. His memoir, Touch My Blood, was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Prize for Non-fiction in 2007, and #ZuptasMustFall and Other Rants was published in 2016. His short fiction has appeared in various anthologies, literary journals and magazines. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he lives.

Gail Smith

 Gail Smith

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Gcina Mhlophe

 Gcina Mhlophe

Gcina Mhlophe is a well-known South African freedom fighter, activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author. Storytelling is a deeply traditional activity in Africa and Mhlophe is one of the few woman storytellers in a country dominated by males. She does her most important work through charismatic performances, working to preserve storytelling as a means of keeping history alive and encouraging South African children to read. She tells her stories in four of South Africa’s languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

 Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee completed a postgraduate degree in journalism at Stellenbosch University and established herself as a digital media specialist. She became Africa’s first social media editor in a newsroom at the Mail & Guardian, where she went on to work as deputy digital editor and a disruptor of the the peace through a weekly column. In 2017, she was selected as a fellow for the Deutsche Welle Institute. She writes weekly and bi-monthly columns for EWN, Women 24 and the Sunday Times and contributes freelance journalism to a range of other publications. Her writing is included in Writing What We Like (edited by Yolisa Qunta) and Feminism Is (edited by Jen Thorpe). Sorry, Not Sorry is her first book.

Helon Habila

 Helon Habila

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Ijangolet S Ogwang

 Ijangolet S Ogwang

Ijangolet S Ogwang was born in Kenya to Uganda parents and raised in South Africa in a small town in the Eastern Cape called Butterworth. She currently works, as a Business Growth Support Associate that works closely with these SME’s to foster growth through targeted projects. Ijangolet Co-founded Good-Hair an on-demand mobile salon with two friends. The business aims to bring comfort, convenience and care to the African woman’s hair market. Ijangolet is a passionate observer of the world and the ways in which it functions. It is these observations that have been the basis upon which she found her passion to interpret the world in stories and characters. An Image in A Mirror is her debut novel. She is a voracious reader, consuming a reading list as diverse as her interests. In her capacity as a young African leader she was selected as a Global Shaper in 2015 as part of the World Economic Forum initiative in Durban. She was also selected as an Africa Venture Fellow, which is an initiative that aims to capacitate the African leaders of the future. She dreams of a resilient Africa. She is most passionate about literacy, education, the empowerment of women and the continent.

Jolyn Phillips

 Jolyn Phillips

Jolyn Phillips was born and bred in Blompark, Gansbaai. She completed a Masters in Creative Writing and is currently studying towards a PhD in Creative Writing at UWC. Her short stories and poetry have been published in numerous journals and anthologies including, New Contrast, Aerodrome, This is my Land (UWC publication, 2011) and Harvest (UWC poetry anthology, 2016). Her debut collection of short stories, Tjieng Tjang Tjerries, was published to great acclaim in 2016 (prescribed at the University of Rhodes, shortlisted for UJ prize for best Debut and won the NIHSS Prize for Best Fiction). Tjieng Tjang Tjerries was adapted for stage in collaboration with Kleisand Productions and Woordfees 2018. In July 2017, she published Radbraak, her debut collection of Afrikaans poetry. The collection was shortlisted for the Elizabeth Eybers Prize (2018) and won the UJ Prize for best Debut (2018). She has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Franschhoek Literary Festival, The Open Book Festival, Kingsmead Literary Festival, the Lees Fees and the McGregor Festival.

Twitter: @emeraux

Kagiso Lesego Molope

 Kagiso Lesego Molope

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Kwezilomso Mbandazayo

 Kwezilomso Mbandazayo

Kwezilomso Mbandazayo is the Women’s Rights and Gender Justice Programme Manager. She is a Black, Queer, Feminist thinker and activist. She holds life experiences and lessons from being in the world together with insights imparted by activists, Black feminists friends teachers, scholars and families. She has worked with organisations and collectives where there is a shared critique of an oppressive status quo together with (un)realistic dreaming practices for a Feminist utopia, such as One in Nine Campaign, Forum for the Empowerment of Women, Johannesburg People’s Pride movement and the United Front. Her interests lie in and are driven by music and words. Kwezilomso is consistently exploring the themes of organising and movement building navigating the nuances of power, sex , anger, love and desire for Black women.

Lebo Mashile

 Lebo Mashile

An award-winning writer, presenter, actress and activist, Lebo Mashile is a South African household name who is most recognizable for her lyrical and gutsy poetry which has captivated audiences in 24 countries worldwide. Mashile is a much sought after social commentator, speaker, performer and master of ceremonies whose infectious enthusiasm is infused into every platform she has touched over the last 16 years. For the past 12 years, Mashile has graced South African television screens as a presenter of shows such as L’atitude (SABC1), Drawing The Line (SABC2), and Great Expectations (Etv). She is also a stage and screen actress who appeared in the Academy Award nominated film, Hotel Rwanda. To date, the poet has authored two books. Her poetry collection In A Ribbon of Rhythm (2005) won the 2006 NOMA Award for Publishing in Africa. In 2008, Mashile published her second collection Flying Above the Sky. Moya, in collaboration with Majola, is her second studio album.

Lebohang Masango

 Lebohang Masango

Lebohang Masango is a writer, poet, activist, feminist and speaker – living her best life, in love and service to girls and women. She writes for Essays of Africa magazine and the acclaimed website for teen girls, Rookie Mag. She is currently featured on musician, Reason’s song “Endurance” alongside Hip Hop Pantsula. She is the ambassador of the ‘Zazi’ campaign, the official sexual health programme for girls and young women across all higher education institutions in South Africa. She has also collaborated with Zonke Dikana on the ‘Zazi’ theme song. She was the youth representative at the UNAIDS’ November 2014 meetings in Geneva, Switzerland to address sexual health programming concerns with global stakeholders. Nova has been invited as a speaker at the 7th Annual South African AIDS Conference in Durban. She has been published in the July/ August 2015 edition of the renowned Poetry Foundation’s publication, Poetry Magazine.

Nova is regularly called upon to provide social commentary on varying topics including Feminism, identity politics and youth culture. She has been featured on Kaya FM, Radio 702, Y FM, Power FM and on television shows such as SABC 1’s Shift, eNCA’s live debate with Trudi Makhaya and performed on the country’s most popular music programme, Live Amp. She was a panellist on Global Shapers Johannesburg’s #AreOurGirlsback? panel with Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Steve Letsike and Live Mag’s #VIPDebateclub with Panashe Chigumadzi. She has been published in Mike Alfred’s “Twelve Plus One” – an anthology containing the works and interviews of several South African poets and in 2014, she wrote the Nelson Mandela tribute that was performed at the Metro FM Music Awards. Nova is currently a member of recently founded organisation of South African feminists, the Feminist Stokvel and is studying towards her Honours degree in Social Anthropology.

Lesego Semenya

 Lesego Semenya

Lesego Semenya was born and raised in Soweto. While working as a process engineer, he decided to make a career change and went on to complete a Grande Diploma in Food and Wine. With numerous accolades over the years, media features and being a judge on Top Chef South Africa, Chef Lesego runs his culinary business whilst chasing his goal of taking the snobbery out of food.

Lola Shoneyin

 Lola Shoneyin

Lola Shoneyin's work includes three books of poems: So All the Time I Was Sitting on an Egg (1997), Song of a Riverbird (2002) and For the Love of Flight (2010) and two children's books: Mayowa and the Masquerades (2010) and Iyaji, the Housegirl (2014). Her debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives (2010), was long-listed for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and won the PEN Oakland 2011 Josephine Miles Literary Award. After teaching both in Nigeria and abroad for many years, Shoneyin now lives in Lagos, Nigeria and organises the Ake Arts and Book Festival.

Mapule Mohulatsi

 Mapule Mohulatsi

Mapule Mohulatsi is a reader and writer from Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently completing her Master's in African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mizz President is her first book.

Mmabatho Montsho

 Mmabatho Montsho

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Mphuthumi Ntabeni

 Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Mphuthumi Ntabeni was born in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape. He lives in Cape Town. He writes, unprofessionally, for different national and international publications. He’s trained in Built Enviroment. The Broken River Tent is his debut novel.

Monde Nkasawe

 Monde Nkasawe

I was born in 1966 in Cofimvaba. I was educated in a number of rural schools in the Eastern Cape, including Ncorha Junior Secondary School, Main Mission Junior Secondary School, Sabatha High School, and Falo High School. In 1985, I dropped out of school and left for Johannesburg to live with my aunts, and this is where I took a range of menial jobs, which included being a labourer at various housing construction projects around Soweto, a security guard in most of the industrial areas around Johannesburg, and being a shop assistant.

In 1988 I left Johannesburg for the Western Cape to live with my late grandfather, Kidwell Nkasawe at Langa Township in Cape Town, and later I went to live with my late foster father, Gideon, in Hermanus, where I started to work as a petrol attendant, at various garages in the area. I returned to Falo High School in 1991 to complete my matric. After obtaining my matric certificate I left for Cape Town where I enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cape Town. I left UCT in 1995, having obtained a BA Honours in History, and joined the University of the Western of the Cape for a Master of Arts degree in History, which I completed in 1997.

In 1997 I joined the then Department of Constitutional Development, which later became the Department of Provincial and Local Government, and now known as the Department of Cooperative Governance, as an Assistant Director responsible for the development of policy on traditional leadership. Later I was promoted to Deputy Director, and the Director, still responsible for traditional leadership issues.

In 2004 I continued with my studies, enrolling at Wits University for a second master’s degree – a Master of Management degree in the field of Public and Development Management, which I completed in 2006.

In 2006 I joined the Eastern Cape Government Office of the Premier, where I still am, as a Chief Director, first in charge of government planning, research and policy coordination, and currently in charge of Cabinet support and protocol services.

Mxolisi Mtshali

 Mxolisi Mtshali

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Mzuzukile Soni

 Mzuzukile Soni

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Nolundi Luwaya

 Nolundi Luwaya

Nolundi Luwaya has a BA (English, Sociology and Law) and an LLB from the University of Cape Town. In 2012 she joined the Law, Race and Gender Unit (LRG) as a junior researcher where she worked on the Unit’s campaign on the Traditional Courts Bill. The LRG then became the Centre for Law and Society and from 2013 – 2015 Nolundi was the Programme Coordinator of the Rural Women’s Action Research Programme (RWAR) based within CLS. In this position she worked extensively with rural community based organisations and NGO’s on issues connected to citizenship rights, land rights and nuanced understandings of Customary Law within our Constitutional Democracy. In 2016 the RWAR became the Land and Accountability Research Centre (LARC) where Nolundi was the Deputy Director. Her work at LARC focussed on providing support to the Alliance for Rural Democracy, a loose alliance of community based organisations and NGO’s working on issues of land and traditional governance impacting on the rights of rural South Africans. Nolundi has a particular interest in the struggles and strategies of women living in rural South Africa, and in what these strategies for transforming their particular circumstances can teach us about transformation and change on a societal level.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

 Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is the author of the novel House of Stone (Atlantic Books, UK June 2018, W. W. Norton, USA January 2019). In 2017, she received the prestigious Bellagio Centre Literary Arts Residency Award for her work. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2015), where she was a Maytag Fellow and a recipient of a Rydson Award for Excellence in Fiction, she is a native of Zimbabwe, and has lived in South Africa and the USA. Her debut collection, Shadows, written during late nights in her undergraduate years in Johannesburg, was published to critical acclaim by Kwela in South Africa (2013) and awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. Novuyo’s writing has been featured in numerous anthologies, most recently McSweeney's and ‘The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives,’ edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen. She holds a Bcomm in Economics and Finances from the University of Witwatersrand (2013), and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Bare Life Review, a journal of refugee and immigrant literature based in New York. www.novuyotshuma.com

Nozizwe Jele

 Nozizwe Jele

Nozizwe Jele is a South African novelist. Her debut novel, Happiness is a Four-Letter Word won numerous awards including the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the Best First Book category (Africa region) and the 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the Film category. The film adaptation was released at the box office countrywide in February 2016. Nozizwe also writes short stories. She supports various initiatives to promote reading amongst young people, including The FunDza Literacy Trust. Her latest novel, The Ones with Purpose, has just been published through NB Publishers.

Odafe Atogun

 Odafe Atogun

Odafe Atogun was born in the town of Lokoja, Nigeria, at the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers. His debut novel, Taduno’s Song, was selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club, and he has been compared in critical reviews to Franz Kafka and George Orwell. Following his two-book deal with Canongate, Penguin Random House and Arche Verlag, Atogun’s second novel, Wake Me When I’m Gone, was published in 2017. His work has been translated into several languages. Now a full-time writer, he is married and lives in Abuja.

Panashe Chigumadzi

 Panashe Chigumadzi

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Penny Lebyane

 Penny Lebyane

Ms. Penny Lebyane is multi levelled media practitioner, a broadcast television anchor, radio host, a speaker with a cross cultural experience on Community, Public Service and Commercial radio and television. Ms Lebyane currently host two shows Let’s Talk Papgeld a 360 Insight On The Impact of Child Maintenance SA and UnBreak My Heart a Relationship Therapy Show. Both the shows are broadcast on South Africa’s black owned newly launched TV channel MOJA LOVE 157 DSTV weekly.

The former host of ETV‘s flagship Breakfast Show Sunrise daily from 2014 to 2018. As the host of Sunrise Penny Lebyane tackled conversations, debates, and interviews from the latest breaking news in current affairs, business news, health, entertainment and sports with a myriad of South African leaders across all fields like Dr Naledi Pandor as Min of Science and Technology, Dr Zweli Mkhize ANC, Adv Thuli Madonsela, Happy Ralinala ABSA/Barclays, Mr Siyabonga Gama Transnet, Dr Aron Motsoaledi, Dr Tim Tebeila, Dr Danny Jordan SAFA, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Oliver Mtukudzi, Lillian Dube, Lucas Radebe, Khanyi Dlomo, Dr Prescious Motsepe, Beverly Bond, Proffessor Pitika Ntuli,Min Nathi Mthethwa, Bishop TD Jakes, Sello Hatang Nelson Mandela Foundation, Geoffrey Qhena IDC to mention a few.

She previously was the host SA’s highly rated SABC2’s Women Talk Show Motswako for 5 successful seasons until 2013, she’s passionate about WO+MAN(women and man) how together we can build greater communities. Ms Lebyane has worked closely with various government, NGO’s and educational institutions and corporates on issues of women development, mental health, youth empowerment, education and self-actualisation and community developments, such as; South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group, UN Women, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Tshwane University of Technology, Wits University, University of Johannesburg, National Youth Development Agency, Department of Communications, Metropolitan SA, SHELL SA, Grace Bible Church amongst others. She was an Influencer for a School Programme for Keeping Girls P&G, Department of Basic Education and UNICEF in 2015 she summited Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for Sanitary Pads.

Ms Lebyane started her foundation, The Penny Lebyane Foundation in 2012 which through Mentorship programmes at schools and higher learning institutes brings light to students in different career fields and also affords young people the opportunity to be guided both career wise and on personal development. The foundation in 2012 launched an Outreach Program which focused on rural schools in the Bushbuckridge,Mpumalanga area where she was born and schooled till grade 7, the foundation started vegetable gardens at the 6 of the schools visited during the outreach program, poverty is a common problem in rural areas starting vegetable gardens seemed like the best solution as it will be able to sustain the children at the schools.

Other Programmes are on Relationships, Wo+Man Hood, Heritage, Self-Development. Apart from her outlined passions her business ambitions shines through the building her Convergence Media Company -Penny Lebyane Enterprises with interest in Radio and Television Productions, Online & Print Media, Mobile Technology, Content Generation and Communications & Events. One of the highlights of her career was an exclusive interview on International News Network Aljazeera about the impact Oprah Winfrey had on African Women and their Development. The network identified Ms Lebyane as a Voice for African Women as the host Motswako on SABC2 Weekly in 2011.

She’s always challenging herself to nurture the seed already planted in her spirit to be that positive influence of her generation as she shines the light on Africa’s excellence, achievements and personalities as they pioneer and break new ground through her endeavours as a celebrated media personality and as a MC, Speaker, Facilitator and Content Producer amongst others.

Penny Lebyane - ‘’Penyelelani’’ – l am here to shine the light .

Phemelo Motene

 Phemelo Motene

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Phumlani Pikoli

 Phumlani Pikol

Phumlani Pikoli is a multi-media journalist and multi-skilled artist. He was born in Zimbabwe in 1988. The Fatuous State of Severity is his first book.

Pumla Dineo Gqola

 Pumla Dineo Gqola

Pumla Dineo Gqola is the author of What is Slavery to Me? Postcolonial/Slave memory in Post-apartheid South Africa (2010) and A Renegade Called Simphiwe (2013) and editor of Regarding Winnie: Feminism, race and nation in global representations of Winnie Madikizela Mandela. She has written non-fiction and opinion pieces for Pambazuka, Mail & Guardian, The Weekender and City Press as well as the British publications BBC Focus on Africa, SABLE and Drum (UK) and short stories in literary journals and books published in South Africa, USA and UK. Her book, Rape: A South African Nightmare was published in 2015 and won the Alan Paton Award 2016. Her latest book, Reflecting Rogue, was published in 2017.

Rekgotsofetse Chikane

 Rekgotsofetse Chikane

Rekgotsofetse Chikane (known as Kgotsi for those who are tongue-tied) is a graduate of the University of Oxford, having completed his Masters in Public Policy degree in 2017, a Mandela-Rhodes Scholar (2015), one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans (2016) and the former national president of InkuluFreeheld, non-partisan, youth organisation focused on deepening democracy and enhancing social cohesion. He is adept at navigating a variety of South Africa’s socially complex spaces, often as the resident coconut, and has experienced some of the best and worst of the #MustFall protests. Chikane is an advocate for socio-economic equality and the practical realisation of decoloniality within a post-1994 South Africa.

Rethabile Mashale Sonibare

 Rethabile Mashale Sonibare

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Rosie Motene

 Rosie Motene

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Sibongile Fisher

 Sibongile Fisher

Sibongile Fisher is a poet, writer and facilitator from Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a BCom degree in Marketing Management and a higher certificate in the Performing Arts and wishes to pursue an MA in Creative Writing. She is the co-founder of The Raising Zion Foundation, an arts organization that focuses on promoting literature, poetry and the performing arts in high schools. She is also the winner of the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize for her short story “A Door Ajar”. “A Door Ajar” was also shortlisted for the 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards. Her short story “A sea of secrets” written for young adults was published by Fundza under their mentorship program and it appears in their “it takes two!” volume 2 anthology. Her creative non-fiction piece “The Miseducation of Gratitude” was published in Selves: An afro anthology of creative non-fiction. She is a resident writer at Actor Spaces, an online platform that celebrates and promotes the craft of acting. She appears on Enkare review, Prufrock and other online publications.

Sihle Khumalo

 Sihle Khumalo

Sihle Khumalo is the best-selling author of Dark Continent My Black Arse, Heart of Africa and Almost Sleeping My Way to Timbuktu. Shorter pieces by him appeared in uMama and Cheesecutters and Gymslips, and he has contributed to a number of travel magazines. In 2011, Sihle was selected as one of Destiny magazine’s Top 40 South Africans under the age of 40 who are destined for greatness. Born in Nqutu in rural KwaZulu-Natal, he was educated at Natal Technikon (now Durban University of Technology) and the Wits Business School. He is married and has two children. He currently lives in Johannesburg where he works for a property development company.

Sihle Mthembu

 Sihle Mthembu

Sihle Mthembu is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker born in Mooi River in the Natal Midlands. In 2009 Mthembu enrolled into the Durban University of Technology where he graduated with a B-tech in journalism. He has worked as an art critic, a business journalist and a churner of various types on online banter. His work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone SA, Vice magazine, The Mail and Guardian, The City Press, The Sunday Independent. Mthembu wrote as the chief film critic for the Sunday Tribune between 2014 and 2018. In 2015 he received a Silver BASA award for arts journalism. He has directed Made in Durban, a documentary about young inner city artists as well as F is for father a documentary about paternal relationships in communities of colour. He is also the screenwriter of Inzika a sci-fi short film which has just finished production. He also writes for The Queen and The Herd on Mzansi magic. Mthembu is the writer and director of the hit radio drama The second wife. For his next trick he is directing a documentary called Calling down fire about the life, work and meaning of Busi Mhlongo. He is co-author of Born to kwaito, a collection of essays and reflection on the kwaito generation. He is currently working on a comic book as well as a new collection of essays to be published 2019.

Sue Nyathi

 Sue Nyathi

Sue Nyathi was born and raised in Bulawayo and was privileged to attend one of the city’s best private schools. During the 80’s these schools were predominantly “white” and it was there she was called ‘Sue’ by her 3rd grade teacher who was unable to pronounce her name. This is the name she is known by and under which she writes. She has a career in finance and freelances for the ‘Steaming Off’ column in Harare’s Sunday Mail. She has previously published The Polygamist and her second novel, The Gold Diggers has recently been published by Pan Macmillan

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

 Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi is an advocate based in Johannesburg who specialises in public law. He holds degrees from the University of Transkei, Rhodes University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also spent a year as a researcher for Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson. Tembeka was a member of the legal team for the Economic Freedom Front that argued successfully in the North Gauteng High Court that the Public Protector’s report regarding the Gupta family’s involvement in state capture should be made public. He is a research associate at the University of Johannesburg, and a research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also a member of the South African Law Commission, which advises Parliament and the executive about existing laws and proposed amendments to South African legislation.

Thuli Nhlapo

 Thuli Nhlapo

Thuli Nhlapo is the Managing Director of her own media company, Thuli Nhlapo Media. She has previously worked for ABC News (USA), Daily Sun and SABC News as reporter and/or producer. She has also written for The Sowetan, Mail & Guardian and The Star. Nhlapo works as a Communication Strategist and Content Producer and she is based in Gauteng.

Tsitsi Dangarembga

 Tsitsi Dangarembga

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Tumelo Buthelezi

 Tumelo Buthelezi

Tumelo William Buthelezi is a founding member of the Ink Gallery, a movement that promotes an interest in reading. His literature catalogue consists of novels, scripts, animation, audio anthology and children’s books. He is working on a short film. Mr. Buthelezi also went on to invent Pandora’s Box, an interactive card game created to improve communication skills in a fun and enjoyable way. The Last Sentence is his commercial debut.

Tumelo Moleleki

 Tumelo Moleleki

Tumelo is an IT consultant who happens to be a voracious reader and an enthusiastic writer. She has published 5 fiction titles and 1 non-fiction (ebook) about share trading and investments. The non-fiction book is called ‘Senyethe sa tjhelete’ and it is narrated in Sesotho. It is her aim and wish to not only improve the culture of reading but to enrich the lives of those who read her words. Her fiction titles fall under the category of contemporary fiction and the first book, titled Her Heart, was released in January 2012. She is currently working on a graphic novel and has been looking for opportunities to publish her 2 youth novels and a collection of short stories. At the beginning of 2018 she embarked on a reading challenge to read a book from each country in Africa and that has meant a reading pace of one book a week.

Uhuru Phalafala

 Uhuru Phalafala

Uhuru Phalafala is a lecturer in the English department at Stellenbosch University. She is the 2018 University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar, and 2019 African Humanities Program fellow. Her research interests are transnationalism, black internationalism, translation, decoloniality, and world literatures. She currently heads a Mellon-funded research project ‘Recovering Subterranean Archives’, which investigates South African culture in exile, with the ultimate goal of repatriating and republishing it. She is currently working on her book project Crossing Borders Without Leaving, a critical biography of South African writer-in-exile Keorapetse Kgositsile.

Vuyelwa Maluleke

 Vuyelwa Maluleke

Vuyelwa Maluleke is a Joburg-born writer and poet who grew up in a township. She describes herself as a storyteller: “It is when I am most honest. It is also the hardest thing to do for me, to hand my work over so publicly to audiences. But the sharing between the audience and myself generates an immediacy that is like church. There is so much magic there.”

Vuyelwa began competitive poetry in 2012 winning theTEWOP Poetry Slam and the DFL Lover and Another 2012 Johannesburg Regionals. She has performed on various stages in Johannesburg. She graduated in 2013 with a BADA at the University of Witwatersrand, and was awarded the Leon Gluckman Prize 2013, for the student with the most creative piece of work.

Wamuwi Mbao

 Wamuwi Mbao

Wamuwi Mbao is a literary critic and cultural studies scholar. His short stories have been published in various collections. He lectures at Stellenbosch University on the practice of literary criticism and post-transitional South African subjectivities.

Wana Udobang

 Wana Udobang

Wana Udobang is a journalist, poet and filmmaker who works at the intersection of women's rights, social justice, personal narratives, and culture. Her work as a poet has been featured at the British Library's Word, Symbol and Song exhibition as well as the John Berger anthology 'A long white thread of words'. She has two poetry albums Dirty Laundry and her sophomore In memory of forgetting, acclaim for its exploration of trauma, brokenness and self-renewal. Wana has performed widely on the continent and internationally. As a journalist she has worked with the BBC Radio4, BBC World Service and Nigeria's Inspiration 92.3 FM . Her work has appeared on Aljazeera, The Guardian, Africa Report, Ozy, Index on Censorship, News Deeply, Yahoo and Brittle Paper. In 2016 she was long listed for the One World Media award in the Women's rights in Africa award category. She is a recipient of the International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowship, IWMF Great Lakes Reporting Fellowship, the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism, and the Religion News Foundation grant. Her documentary works include; Sensitive Skin, Nylon and Warriors. She is creator of the interview series Culture Diaries.

Zanele Ndlovu

 Zanele Ndlovu

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