- Category: TOW 2012
Dumisani Sibiya is an award-winning novelist who writes predominantly in IsiZulu. He holds an MA in Publishing Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand.
In a career spanning nine years, Sibiya has published three novels, five collections of short stories, and three collections of poem. His debut novel, Kungasa Ngifile(2002), won the silver medal prize in the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature, while his second novel, Ngidedele Ngife (2006) received the gold medal prize in the same award. Both these novels made it to the finalists of the prestigious M-Net Literary Award.
His third novel, Ngiyolibala Ngifile (2010), was awarded the gold prize during the biennial Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature in 2010 and the K. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award during the 2011 South African Literary Awards.
His first collection of short stories, Imikhizo (2004), was awarded the silver medal in the Muntu Zulu Award for Short Stories in 2005.
One of the leading contemporary novelists in the isiZulu language, Sibiya has published articles in local and international academic journals. He has taught at Wits University and worked in the publishing industry for many years.
For Sibiya, the writing process is self-expression more than anything. He comments: “To start writing, there must be an issue that has been with me for a long time. As I pen down my ideas, I try to challenge my readers by drawing insights, exploring and exploiting their imagination and making them think deeply about the issue. In all my writings, I try to whet their appetite until the last page, which needs carefully-thought plot and structure. I strongly believe stories must educate and entertain simultaneously.”
Ngiyolibala Ngifile, Tafelberg, 2010
Ngidedele Ngife, Tafelberg, 2006
Kungasa Ngifile, Tafelberg, 2002