Izibongo Zoogxa: Poems on Contemporaries (1902–1944)
Literature / Amazwi

Izibongo Zoogxa: Poems on Contemporaries (1902–1944) by S.E.K. Mqhayi, edited by Jeff Opland, translated by Jeff Opland and Ntombomzi Mazwi


Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi is renowned and justly celebrated as the most accomplished writer in the Xhosa language, the author of collections of poetry, novels, biographies, monographs, translations and an autobiography in book form. 


Mqhayi’s Izibongo Zoogxa is a collection of 39 poems about persons and personages who lived during his lifetime (1875–1945). Originally published in ephemeral newspapers, none of the poems has subsequently been republished; all appear here in more permanent form for the first time.

About the Artists

Jeff Opland was born and grew up in Cape Town. As author, editor and translator, he has produced books, articles and anthologies on Anglo-Saxon and Xhosa literature. After a career teaching in universities in South Africa, Canada, the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, he retired and now lives in Wales.

Ntombomzi Mazwi, known as Ntosh, was born and grew up in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. She earned a PhD degree from Rhodes University, where she serves as a senior lecturer in the African Languages section of the School of Languages and Literatures. She also serves as chairperson of the isiXhosa
National Language Body and the Pan South African Language Board.

  • Venue: Amazwi
  • Location: Amazwi South African Museuem of Literature
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Literature
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Ages: ALL AGES

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