Gcina Mhlophe: charismatic storyteller

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dc.date.accessioned 2023-03-07T16:02:24Z
dc.date.available 2023-03-07T16:02:24Z
dc.date.issued 2023-03-07 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/19987
dc.description.abstract Nokugcina (Gcina) Elsie Mhlophe is an accomplished South African anti-apartheid activist, storyteller, poet, author, playwright, actor and director. She was born on 24 October 1958 in Durban. Mhlophe is a charismatic storyteller, sharing stories for the purpose of entertaining, educating, preserving culture and instilling moral values, which is a deeply traditional and social activity in Africa. She is best known for writing both stories and music for children. As a multilingual storyteller, she delivers her stories in English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Sotho and Xhosa, ensuring that they are received and understood by a diverse population. She has been writing and performing on radio, stage and screen for over 20 years, and is highly accomplished in a field dominated by men. Although Mhlophe is now a renowned author and performer, she began her life as a domestic worker, and proceeded to work as a newsreader for BBC Radio and Press Trust before working as a writer at Learn and Teach, a magazine for newly-literate people. In 1988, while in Chicago, she became aware of the growing demand for stories when she occasionally performed in a library located in a predominantly black neighbourhood. Nonetheless, she was completely oblivious to storytelling as a potential career until she was inspired by hearing a distinguished Imbongi (a Xhosa praise poet) perform African folklore. She was also encouraged by Mannie Manim, one-time director of the Market Theatre (an anti-racist theatre during the apartheid regime) in Johannesburg. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher BestRed en
dc.subject INTELLIGENTSIA en
dc.subject STORY TELLER en
dc.subject POLITICS en
dc.subject MHLOPHE en
dc.subject GCINA en
dc.title Gcina Mhlophe: charismatic storyteller en
dc.type Chapter in Monograph en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TBBBBB en
dc.BudgetYear 2022/23 en
dc.ResearchGroup Developmental, Capable and Ethical State en
dc.SourceTitle The texture of dissent: defiant public intellectuals in South Africa en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Bohler-Muller, N. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Reddy, V. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Houston, G. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Schoeman, M. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Thuynsma, H. en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Cape Town en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9812616 en
dc.PageNumber 180-184 en
dc.outputnumber 14120 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mtyingizane, S. (2022) Gcina Mhlophe: charismatic storyteller. In: Bohler-Muller, N., Reddy, V., Houston, G., Schoeman, M. & Thuynsma, H. (eds).The texture of dissent: defiant public intellectuals in South Africa. Cape Town: BestRed. 180-184. en
dc.publicationyear 2022 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mtyingizane, S. en

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