Giants, African giants, in particular, are known for their slow gaits on their voyages, and this is the case with one of South Africa’s academics and literary giants, Dr Lebogang Lance Nawa. The Pretoria-based cultural expert was recently honoured by the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) and presented with the Certificate in the Category Esteemed Patron of the Arts Award.
Leading the pack of the literary giants who were conferred with the Esteemed Patron of the Arts Award at the event was pioneer PAWA Secretary General, Professor Akukwei Okal with a posthuman award. Other awardees in this category were Professor Femi Osofisan, Professor Dan Izerbaye, Mr John Rusimbi, Professor Egars Kabaji, Professor Anate Koumealo, and Dr Lebogang Lance Nawa among others.
Dr Nawa is the Secretary General of the South African Writers Association (MWASA). He is the last President of Congress of South African Writers (COSAW). He holds a DLitt (PhD) degree from the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Cultural Policy research, which he obtained in 2012.
His career as a wordsmith, cultural practitioner, as well as activist, spans over 30 years in various capabilities, such as among others, award-winning poet, author, music composer, film scriptwriter, book reviewer, publisher and scholar.
Dr Nawa has written a book on short stories named “Wondering Tributaries”. He has also written a collection of poems “Through the Eye of the Needle”. He also taught at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). Recently he has been a Senior Lecturer at the Sol Plaatjie University on Creative Writing from February 2022 up to July 2022. Otherwise, he is also a farmer.
Written by Thapelo Masilela