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Unisa revives Mphahlela's legacy

By Moyahabo Mabeba | Oct 12, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE University of South Africa's North Eastern Regional Campus in Polokwane, Limpopo, has revived the legacy of legendary author Es'kia Mphahlele by launching an annual memorial lecture in his honour at the weekend.

Under the theme "The African Writer as a Prophet and Social Critic in Contemporary Times" the first memorial lecture will be conducted next year.

Ironically it had been Unisa who at some stage had refused Mphahlele a master's degree on the basis of his skin colour.

Mphahlele, who died last October in the Lebowakgomo Hospital at the age of 89 after a literary career spanning six decades, was an esteemed writer whose golden pen offerings included autobiographies, novels, short stories and poetry.

He rose to prominence while in exile, where he spent more than 20 years working and studying in Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, France and the United States.

A nominee of the Noble Prize, Mphahlele was also awarded the prestigious Les Palmes Academiques by the French government.

In South Africa he was awarded the Order of the Southern Cross.

Unisa chancellor Judge President Bernard Ngoepe said Mphahlele was one of those rare humans who understood and acknowledged his substantial intellectual gifts, which he exercised with passion and commitment.


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