Nhlanhla Maake


Professor Nhlanhla Maake is a language activist and senior lecturer at the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has published five non-fiction books and more than 20 fictional works in Sesotho and English, several accredited articles, radio plays, study guides, poems, polemical and position papers, and a memoir entitled Barbarism in Higher Education: Once Upon a Time in a University. He is the recipient of several literary awards, including the Ernst van Heerden Creative Writing Award (Wits University), the IDEM Award (radio plays), the MNet Book Prize (twice), the African Literary Heritage Award (three times), the SALA (South African Literary Awards), Best Translation Award (twice) and the Sello K. Duiker Literary Award of the SALA. He has been a juror for several book awards, including the Sunday Times Alan Paton Non-Fiction Award, the FNB Vita Awards and the NIHSS Book Awards. His latest publication is a translation of Machabe Mofokeng's 1957 anthology of essays from Sesotho into English as In my heart (2021, Seagull Publishers) with a foreword and introduction by Gayatri Spivak and Simon Gikandi respectively.