6th AFRICA CENTURY INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN WRITERS CONFERENCE
Date : 7th November 2017
Time : 9H00 – 16H30
Venue : Bamboo Lecture Hall, Kgorong Building, Meckleneuk Campus, UNISA, Tshwane
The Writer as a Drum Major of Conscience, Restoration & Transformation
Towards The Establishment Of The Writers Organisation
6th International African Writers Day Lecture
“The Writer as a Drum Major of Conscience, Restoration & Transformation”
Prof Ntombizodwa Motsa, a Full Professor in English, Ntombizodwa Motsa is a Fulbright Scholar, a Researcher, Writer and Social Engineer. She has served as Head of the Department: English Studies (UNISA) from 2006 -2011. At present, she is the Country Director at UNISA’s Ethiopia Centre for Graduate Studies in Addis Ababa, where she has served from 2012 to date. Her research interests are William Shakespeare, John Milton, Wole Soyinka, English Renaissance, Post-War II Drama, The Angry Young Men; the Victorian Novel; African Oral Lore; the Diaspora, Leadership Decoloniality in Africa.
Her notable achievements include interviewing Eskia Mphahlele, Wole Soyinka, Lionel Ngakane, Abiola Irele, James Gibbs, Alain Ricárd and Arnold Wesker. She has co-publishing with Wole Soyinka. In addition to literary studies, Motsa enjoys teaching Academic Writing, English Literature, Language and Methods of Research to Masters & Doctoral students.
She is also a writer of drama, the short story and poetry in both English and siSwati.
The several academic bodies on which she serves include the NRF, the Fulbright evaluation and adjudication panels, the Pan-South African Languages Board (Deputy Chair) and the South African Literature Awards (Chair of Board). She is the current President of the Wole Soyinka Society.
As a translator, interpreter and researcher, the relevance of English studies to Africa remains her quest and the primary objective is educating the (African) child about the greatness of being. That is why writing siSwati children’s books and her translation of A Long Walk to Freedom to siSwati stands as a seminal contribution to the journey unto self.
Summary of Publication Record Reflected
- Books: 3
- Book Chapters: 7
- Journal Articles: 12
- Encyclopedia Articles: 14
- Co-authored Articles: 1
- Creative Publications = 10
- Total Outputs: 47
Excluding Children’s siSwati Literacy Books (+100)
Prof Kgomotso Masemola
University of South Africa, English Department, Faculty Member