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Mashile scoops Africa's top poetry award

By unknown | Nov 09, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Lenyaro Sello

Lenyaro Sello

One of South Africa's leading poets, Lebogang Mashile, has won a United Nations award for her poetry anthology, In a Ribbon of Rhythm.

Mashile walked away with the most lucrative poetry award on the continent, the Noma Award, which is worth $10 000 (about R70 000).

"This is a prestigious award. I'm honoured as well as being thankful - it is a great achievement," said Mashile, who is also a TV producer.

Mashile's work was one of 105 titles, from 63 African publishers, submitted for the award. The works were from 15 countries and were written in eight languages.

The Noma jury's citation read: "This is a powerful voice that has great beauty, delight and meaning. The poet weaves her feelings, experiences and expectations around the story of her life, which merges with the story of the struggle for freedom among South Africans."


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