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Author Spotlight

by | Jun 27, 2022 | News, Schools

Ezra Mcebisi Nkohla

Oxford University Press Southern Africa is hosting an Author Spotlight in order to honour our renowned South African authors.

This month’s Author Spotlight, Ezra Mcebisi Nkohla is the son of the late David Nkohla and Nomagalili Mahlabela – uMagashela (clan name). Born at Mzimkhulu in the Eastern Cape, he has one sibling, his older sister, Nonceba. He grew up in his maternal home surrounded by the love of a big extended family of about ten, him being the last born.

Author spotlight – Ezra Mcebisi Nkohla

Mr Nkohla began his primary education at Corrith JSS where his love for reading books developed and was nurtured. He read all genres including novels, short stories, folklore, drama and poetry. From Corrith JSS, he continued with his education at Mt Fletcher Village School in Mt Fletcher. From Mt Fletcher Village School, he proceeded to Eramafole SSS where he was taught by Mrs. Matee, with Mrs. Nakin as the principal. After completing matric, he returned to Mzimkhulu where he worked as a clerk at the Department of Social Development before moving to SASSA, where he is currently employed. 

Following his love for reading and writing, Mr Nkohla joined writers’ organizations such as the Bhala Writers Guild and later, the Mzimkhulu Reading and Writing club. His first novel titled NGENXA YESITHEMBISO received first prize in a writer’s competition organized by the KwaZulu Natal Department of Arts and Culture. In 2011, the same novel received first prize in a Pearson Maskew Miller writer’s competition. His second novel titled ZAJIK’IZINTO has received rave reviews. 

Mr Nkohla is motivated by other writers including Professor Sawule, writing legends such as WK Tamsanqa, KS Bongela, MA Ngani, Professor A Jordan, Dr N. Sibiya and MJ Mngadi. Mr Nkohla – Nxasana, Dunjana, Mkhiwa, Skonza (clan names –) is married to Sindiswa Ngxanga-Nkohla. They have five children: Linathi, Minentle, Tlotliso, Mihlali and Lubanzi. Mr Nkohla has a certificate in – social security, which he received from the University of Johannesburg, formerly known as R. A. U.

For more information about his book “Zajik’ Izinto” click the image below:

Why doesn’t Rose’s mother want to tell her anything about the father she never knew? Luckily, her friends on social media are always there for support. And then adventure beckons in Cape Town, especially when up-and-coming mayoral hopeful, Sikhumbuzo, promises to marry her. Having an influential and wealthy blesser cannot be negative! But things are not all as they seem…

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