- Created: 28 September 2015
Nokulunga Dladla is an educator by profession at Dick Ndlovu High school, a semi-rural school in Pinetown District; she is a passionate recording poetry artist and a storyteller. Dladla was born in a small town in KwaZulu-Natal called Estcourt in 1984 but grew up in Gauteng where she spent most of her life; she currently resides in New Germany, Durban. She is a lifelong learner holding a Masters Degree in Education Psychology (UKZN), Honours Degree in Language and Media Studies (UKZN) and a Bachelor of Education with majors; Language and Business Management (UKZN).
She has been writing and reciting poetry for over 12 years,throughout this period, she has led poetry and arts groups such as Impande Poetry and dance (Johannesburg), Poet’s Corner in (UKZN Edgewood campus), founded a Readers, Writers and Poets circle where she teaches learners writing and reciting poetry as well as storytelling, she also holds poetry sessions for high school learners who have a passion for poetry. She appeared on Poetry Africa stage in 2009 as a prelude poet, she has released two poetry albums titled: Souls Desire and African child. A compilation of her poems can also be found in a self-published book titled: Umtshez’ Ongashi. She was nominated for Best Gospel Poetry in the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards in 2014 for the title track: Souls Desire. Has worked with various artists and has performed in various stages. Her poetry is now played in most radio stations. Her poetry is a symphony of instrumental melody, vocals and spoken word entailingthemes such as; struggles of women, African pride, nature, and Christianity.