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Thembelani Ngenelwa

Biographical info

Thembelani Ngenelwa was born on the 13 March 1977 in the village of Madladleni, Engcobo in the Eastern Cape. The eldest of three boys, he learnt his storytelling skills from his maternal grandmother who he says was excellent in narrating folk tales. He did his junior schooling at Esikhobeni J.S.S. and did his high schooling at Manzana S.S.S. in his hometown. He then went to the University of the Western Cape where he completed a degree in Computer Science and Information Systems.

He started writing and performing poetry in his days as a student in university, inspired by struggle heroes and his unique surroundings.

He is passionate about telling South African stories through the eyes of the marginalized. Thembelani works for UWC as a coordinator for ICT training.

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