- Created: 28 September 2015
Mthunzikazi Mbungwana otherwise known as “Nolali waseCala” is a poet, writer and storyteller from a small village of Upper Indwana, Cala in the former Transkei. She has headlined the State Theatre’s Night of the Poets (2013) and performed in events including the One Billion Rising – Constitutional Hill, MoFaya Poetry Movement, Jozi House of Poetry, the South African Literary Awards (2011) and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute International Women’s Day Celebration (2012). She is one of the founding members of Human4Human, a now theatrical presentation of poetry and music alongside VangiGantsho, Sarah Godsell and musician Hanna Foster; that has showcased in the Rise up and Walk (Jo’burg Theatre 2015) and Gauteng Schools (University of Johannesburg 2015) Festivals.
Mbungwana’s work has been published through several poetry and literature outlets; including but not limited to The Sunday World, Baobab and Litnet. She is also featured in the Botsotso (2014) literary collection: Home is where the mic is. She has appeared inShift(SABC 1 - 2014) and been profiled by the Sunday World as part of celebrating young and gifted women in arts (2014). She recently participated in the inaugural Speak Out Loud Competition (Tshwane 2015), where she made it to the Top 5 as the only contestant to compete solely in an indigenous language.
She is particularly passionate about the preservation of culture and indigenous languages through poetry, writing and storytelling.