Nakanjani Sibiya

AboutNakanjani Sibiya

NAKANJANI SIBIYA is one of the most prolific isiZulu authors. He has penned, co-authored and edited no less than fifty literary works during a writing career that spans over three decades. He was doing Matric when his debut collection of isiZulu short stories was published, to wild acclaim. While he is renowned for his award winning collections of short stories, he has also received accolades for radio drama, novels and poetry anthologies. His debut novel, Kuxolelwa Abanjani? received the M-Net Book Prize for Nguni Languages in 2003. In 2005, this novel was also awarded a prize by the national Department of Arts and Culture as the best isiZulu novel published in the first ten years of democracy in South Africa. Popularity of his writings is evident in the selection thereof as set-works for schools over the years. A recurring feature in his writings is the throbbing rural setting for most of his stories, his eclectic storytelling techniques as well as his keen eye for themes that some authors shun, such as homosexuality, femicide, albinism, inter-racial relationships and a host of other pertinent topics. Sibiya has, over the years, participated in numerous literary translation projects, the highlight of which was his translation of MJ Mngadi’s novel, Asikho Ndawo Bakithi into English (2017). In 2021, Sibiya published his debut collection of short stories in English titled, The Reluctant Storyteller. Sibiya holds a Phd in Literature and works as an isiZulu lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus.