Our Legend of the Month for March is 2009 eThekwini Living Legend, Dr Gcina Mhlophe. Mhlophe has been a regular visitor to the Time of the Writer festival currently taking place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with a career as an author and performer spanning more than the twenty years that the festival celebrates this year. As one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most active artists, Mhlophe has tried her hand at everything from newsreading to music, but is most famous and celebrated for her story-telling that transports the audience from their theatre seats to the rural African village, or busy city streets that set the scene for one of Mhlophe’s incredible tales.
Not just satisfied with contributing to the arts, Mhlophe also wants to help preserve the work of other African artists and lay people through the Khumbulani Memory House, an oral history museum located in the centre of Durban, and has also established the Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust which helps to promote African writers, fostering a culture of story-telling through its various edutainment programmes.
Dr Gcina Mhlophe has been the recipient of numerous awards (more than we can list here!), and most recently was included as one the BBCs 100 Women for 2016, a programme that celebrates influential and inspirational women around the world.
Click here to watch a short video that shows just how inspirational the incredible Gcina Mhlophe is!
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