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Mario d’Offizi is a Cape Town based poet, writer and magazine editor.

He is married with four children and has seven grandchildren.

With no formal training or tertiary education,Mario has been publishing poetry from a very young age and has had poems published in various publications, Cape Argus, Cape times, New Coin (Rhodes University), amongst others. Over the years he has read his poems at various venues, including the University of Cape Town and the ‘old’ Space Theatre. His collection of poems Banana Crates & Wire Mesh was launched at the Cape Town Book Fair in 2011.

Bless Me Father, first published in 2007 and reprinted in 2010, is his first book. The autobiography was translated into Italian and launched at the Ferrara Literary Festival in Ferrara, Italy, in October 2011.

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Atukwei Okai was born in Accra, Ghana, in 1941 and earned his M.A. (Litt.) from the Maxim Gorky Literary Institute in 1967. He obtained his Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree in 1971 from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London, U.K.

In 1968 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (U.K); in 1979 he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in Writing of the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, Iowa, U.S.A. In 1981 he was elected to Honorary Membership of the National Syndicate of Spanish Writers and to Associate Membership of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). A Fellow and Past President of the Ghana Association of Writers (GWA), he is the Secretary- General of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA).

Okai’s poems have been translated into several languages, including Russian, Spanish, German, Arabic, French and Italian.

In July, 2007, The National Award of Member of The Order of The Volta was conferred on Professor Atukwei Okai.


 Gillian Schutte


Feminist, filmmaker, writer, poet, activist and author, Gillian Schutte has a degree in African politics, a master's in creative writing and a film director's qualification from the Binger Institute, Netherlands. Winner of the Award of Excellence for her documentary entry to the Society for Visual Anthropology Festival in Washington, 2005, and author of the novel After Just Now. Schutte fearlessly and creatively tackles issues of race, identity, sexuality and social justice in her multimedia work. She is founding member of Media for Justice and co-owner of handHeld Films and online reality TV show The Schutte Singiswas - A South African Love Story.



Mattera is the holder of several prestigious literary awards as well as numerous humanitarian citations, including: 

The Order of Ikhamba – Silver (2007)

The South African Department of Arts and Culture

   Literary Lifetime Achievement Award (2007)

The Crown of Peace Award (Washington – 2004)

The Ambassador of Peace Award (Kenya – 2001)

The World Health Organisation’s Peace Award from

   the Centre of Violence and Injury Prevention

The French Human Rights Award for the We Care

   Trust (1997)

He has been awarded honorary doctorates in literature by the Universities of  KwaZulu-Natal and the Witwatersrand.



Sabelo Mahlalela is the chairman of Ziya Investments (Pty) Ltd, a former group commercial executive of the Bidvest Group Limited and a director of numerous companies in South Africa. He is currently chairperson of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, a public institution responsible for tourism promotion and biodiversity management in Mpumalanga. Mahlalela is the former deputy chairperson of the Gauteng Gambling Board, a public institution that regulates gambling and horseracing in Gauteng, and the former vice chairman of the board of directors of the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa. He obtained his BA degree from the University of Fort Hare and holds several management development certificates in various fields, obtained locally and abroad.



“ Her life revolves around words, expression, provoking debate and changing retrogressive mindsets that condone abuse, discrimination and misogyny, amongst other societal  vices. Her position as a powerful visual verbalist has gained her national, as well as sizeable international, acclaim.


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Oshebeng Koonyaditse obtained a Certificate in Journalism from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Further studies culminated in an MBA at North West University. He attracted the attention of Radio Mmabatho where he became a radio presenter, news reader, reporter and sports commentator.

He was voted best commentator of the tournament during the 1996 Africa Nationals Cup; was placed third in the 1998 World Cup; and received a PSL Merit Award for the 2003/4 season.



Letepe Maisela was  born in the small town of Belabela, previously known as Warmbaths, in the northern region of South Africa.  He attended high school at Hebron Training College in Pretoria then went to the University of the North in Limpopo Province where he graduated with a BA Social Sciences degree.

When Soweto exploded in 1976, Letepe was an employee of a community youth centre at Entokozweni in Soweto. There he interacted with youths involved in the student political protests. Some of those experiences form the basis of The Empowered Native.


In 1992 he completed the Program for Management Development (PMD) at Harvard Business School.



Sol Rachilo completed social work studies at the Jan Hofmeyer Institute and almost by accident stumbled on the world of theatre and writing.

The late Ken Gampu, a close friend who later became South Africa's first internationally recognised actor, invited him to audition for the play "No Good Friday" by Athol Fugard, who was carving out the first steps in his own climb to international fame.

By 1967 Rachilo had written his first musical, "Three in Number", set to music by Gideon Nxumalo. This was a milestone in Rachilo's own emotional and artistic flowering. The plays that were to follow would lead him to poetry where he developed new dimensions of expression.

In 1977, Rachilo founded the Cosac Drama Academy.

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Ntsiki Mazwai  – a former member of Feela Sista group with fellow poets Myesha Jenkins, Napo Mashiane and Lebo Mashile – is a poet who is known for turning tables around in the world of performance. “Music without instruments” is one way to describe her work. Mazwai’s poems are known for their rich cocktail of languages, including Iscamtho, the street language of the townships.




Bishop Mwamba was born in Mansa, Zambia and educated in America, Zambia and Oxford University, England. He has degrees in law, theology and social anthropology. He was elected Bishop of Botswana in 2004.

He preached at the thanksgiving service in Lusaka celebrating the 80th birthday of the first Zambian president, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, and at the interdenominational service commemorating Zambia’s 40th anniversary of independence. Past presidents Kaunda and Chiluba and President Mwanawasa, all attended the service.

The Bishop is featured in two of Alexander McCall Smith’s novels In the Company of Cheerful Ladies and Blue Shoes and Happiness.



Activist, writer, immigrant and performer, Myesha Jenkins has been a visible feature of the Johannesburg poetry scene for the last ten years. Her second collection, Dreams of Flight was launched at the UKZN’s International Festival, Poetry Africa in October 2011.  

Her work has been featured in We are: Penguin 2009), Isis X (Botsotso Publishing 2005), and Baobab Journal.  She co-founded the all-female, Feela Sistah Spoken Word Collective and Jozi House of Poetry.

She has shared stages with:  Lebo Mashile, Napo Masheane, Phillippa Yaa DeVilliers, Mak Manaka, Gabeba Baderoon, Vonani Bila, Makhosazana Xaba and Antonio David Lyons.



Napo Masheane was born in Soweto and  grew up in Qwaqwa (Free State). Napo is a founding member of Feela Sista! Spoken Word Collective and nominee of the Daimler Chrysler South African Poetry Award in 2005. Her work credits includes, studding and working with the:

Market Theatre Foundation
Theater Siberia (Holland)
University of Johannesburg, Joburg Theatre
University of California (Los Angeles)
Jungel Theater in Germany
Farnebo College (Sweden)
The British Council.

In 2006 she published her first poetry anthology 'Caves Speak In Metaphors'. She was named one of the Top 100 youth in South Africa by the Mail & Guardian 2007.