Sesotho language practitioner
The Free State-born Thabiso Mofokeng maintains that he did not choose a career in literature and the arts but rather, that literature and the arts chose him. “I was born a writer. I had worked in another occupation in the past but I decided to retire so that I could focus fully on writing and give it my full-on best.”
The 28-year-old author, who is also an educational material developer and broadcast literature analyst, has published over 10 books and contributed to over 20 anthologies so far. His overarching goal is to see budding young writers know and discover themselves through literature. At a practical level, this means having more Sesotho writers getting more representation and recognition in our country, as well as changing the flawed and potentially dangerous perception that speaking good English is the standard for intelligence in our country. It is in this spirit that he founded the Thabiso Mofokeng Writing Foundation in 2014 so that he could commit more of his time to encouraging young writers to continue dreaming, but to also start putting these dreams on paper.
Mofokeng completed a master of arts in creative writing (with distinction) from Rhodes University in 2015. He is currently studying towards a PhD in literature at the University of the Western Cape and has just been appointed as an assistant researcher at the same institution.
Although he concedes that the list is endless, Mofokeng lists Lesego Rampolokeng, Thando Mgqolozwana, Sabata-Mpho Mokae, Zakes Mda and Sindiwe Magona as just some of his literary influences.
Despite all his achievements so far, Mofokeng shows no signs of slowing down or stopping anytime soon. He has a crime fiction book coming out in the second quarter of the year called The Last Stop. The novel is a gritty and fast-paced exploration of the nuanced and oftentimes misunderstood characters that surround the South African taxi industry.
— Nomonde Ndwalaza