News About Botlhale Afrika
W riting in African languages became a topic of discussion in conferences, in schools, in classrooms; the issue is always being raised - so it's no longer "in the closet," as it were. It's part of the discussion going on about the future of African literature. The same questions are there in Native American languages, they're there in native Canadian languages, they're there is some marginalized European languages, like say, Irish. So what I thought was just an African problem or issue is actually a global phenomenon about relationships of power between languages and cultures. -Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
"Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity". -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi. Follow the amazing storytelling journey of Botlhale Hub Afrika. Telling stories of hope, possibilities and restoration. Reminding us that it is through storytelling we find healing. It is through writing that we breathe. A journey of hope ,possibilities and restoration awaits Afrika and the world.
P hiwe Mncwabe is a fearless and courageous leader. South African born and raised in the Western side of Johannesburg. Johannesburg classified as the city of gold and possibilities. Being born in a country like South Africa, a country institutionalized with inequalities and a history of oppression. Born just after the release of uTata uNelson Mandela, however still living in oppression of gender inequality, inequalities and institutionalized racism. A democracy baby "free" on a quest to freeing the nation and the world with authentic storytelling. An Afrikan feminist, born storyteller, avid reader, strategic problem solver, unapologetic debater, content creator and dabbler. Phiwe remembers struggling in High School and battling to find her feet. One day she wrote, found her voice and never looked back. She has participated in numerous platforms in radio stations and one television platform such as SABC 2 TV Morning Live, Radio 702,Kaya FM ,Metro FM,SA FM, Jozi FM, Chai FM and Westside FM. In those platforms she engaged in discussions aimed at celebrating reading Afrikan literature ,writing and storytelling.
In 2017 she formed an all-round female book club advocating for Afrikan literature and storytelling. The book club exposed her to influential leaders such as Dr Judy Dlamini (Businesswoman, Author and , Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand) baba Duma ka Ndlovu(Filmmaker, Playwright, Journalist, Producer and Poet),Thulisile Nhlapo (Author of Colour Me Yellow and journalist) and Thabiso Mahlape (Black Bird Books Publisher and Writer). She has also volunteered in various organisations. She has been involved in various activities aimed at advocating for social impact and awareness.
Phiwe is the founder of Botlhale Hub Afrika. She is also a full time writer who is open to explore the writing space or social impact spaces in Africa. She is open for collaborations in Afrika that involve finding strategic solutions to address social issues faced by Afrika.
- March 25, 2021