Book Launch | Mussolini Soga Mlandu
Literature / Amazwi

A Brave Woman and Other Essays by Soga Mlandu is a unique and captivating collection by a single author, featuring all four types of essays. It masterfully blends personal experiences from the author’s childhood in a village and his current life in the suburbs. This book is a treasure trove for secondary school students, literature enthusiasts and social science researchers alike, offering insightful glimpses into African literature, with a special focus on South Africa. It’s a rare find that bridges diverse worlds and offers valuable perspectives to a wide range of readers.

About the Artists

Soga Mlandu, a journalist by profession, was born in Mhlotsheni Village in the district of Mount Frere (Kwa-Bhaca), Eastern Cape. He has published five isiXhosa school books. His English books include his collection of essays, the Scheme and other Essays, a collection of short stories, The Tell Me Again Stories, a collection of poems, The Easy Pattern, and a biographical novel, Things Happen for a Purpose. Soga edited a book of fact, South Africa is Part of Africa written by a Kenyan author, Anthony Kambi Masha. He translated the isiXhosa popular folksong UNogayoyo and published the text in the Botsotso Magazine of 1999. His English poems, essays and short stories have appeared in a number of South African commercial magazines and literary journals. His short story, A Man and His Pet, was featured in The Voices that Sing Behind the Veil an anthology of 65 English short stories by different authors from Africa and the Diaspora published by Digibooks, Accra, 2022. 

Mlandu also facilitated writers' workshops organized by several organisations including the African Writers Association, Simanywa Lusiba Writers Club, Bhala Nciba-Mzimkhulu Writers Association, and Uncwadi Writers Association. In 2013 Soga was invited by the Rhodes University’s Institute for the Study of English in
Africa (ISEA) as Mellon writer-in-residence to lecture Masters students for Creative Writing for that year.

He is the winner of five local writers’ awards.

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

There are no performances for this show.