Monday, August 15, 2011

Ukunqamuka Kwe Mbeleko

Ukunqamuka Kwe Mbeleko
Nomusa Makhubu

Compiled by Njabulo Ngobese

Day 15 of Women's month as we celebrate the works of women devoted to using their art to raise awareness on children's rights.

Today we pay tribute to the work of Nomusa Makhubu who matriculated in 2002 at Riverside High School, Vereeniging, Vaal Triangle. She is currently studying towards a BA in Fine Arts at Rhodes University specialising in Photography. Her work experience includes the National Arts Festival 2004 as an Art Assistant, National Arts Festival 2005, Narrator (part time) at the South African Library for the Blind, Student and Paperwork Exhibitions 2004/2005. Nomusa is also part of a society called Kujenga Inchi Upia which deals with outreach programmes that aim at creating student involvement in the community by teaching art, music & dance.

In 2006, Nomusa Makhubu was awarded the Gerard Sekoto Prize for the most promising artist in the ABSA L'Atelier Art Competition 2006.


look at me
Khona Dlamini
look at me
see me
do not let your eyes
turn away from the contours of my being
i am the child whose life
is ordered by numbers
who is mothered by the social system
fathered by the education system
look at me
not through me
let butterflies flow from your lips
to caress the catacombs in my heart
so that i
and know that
look at me
not through me

Sesotho translation of poem extract: MP Letsie
dirurubele di phalle ho tswa dipounameng tsa hao
ho phaphatha mabitla a ka pelong ya ka
hore ke
ho latswa
le ho tseba hore
o se ke wa ntlodisa mahlo

A Brief Biography of Khona Dlamini

Khona Dlamini is a Durban-born writer and journalism student at Rhodes University. She has worked as co-ordinator of the Women’s Day celebrations at the BAT Centre since 2002. Her writing has been published by the Agenda Feminist Media Project, Y-mag, and Grahamstown’s local paper the Grocott’s Mail.

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