Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Es'kia Mphahlele has died.

I have just read that Es'kia Mphahlele has died. I wrote this post in appreciation of his writing, and his life, just a month ago. I am kind of in shock. 

He was a great man, a great South African, someone whom I feel was under appreciated as a South African icon.

He achieved unbelievable things in extremely difficult circumstances, and should be a role model to all of us.

I have never read any of his novels, but will take the time to as soon as possible.

If you get the chance, you should read his autobiography, it will teach you much about South Africa, and life in those times.

Rest in peace, Prof. Mphahlele.


FRANK TALK said...

You are so right about how Ntate Eskia Mphahlele has not been appreciated in the country after he has done so much in academic and literay terms.

I read a number of his books like Chirundu and Down Second Avenue. That was some years ago. I also attended his lectures on creative writing at the then Funda Centre.

Ntate Eskia also used to have a column on the old Tribute magazine. It warms my belly that there is one who appreciates and celebrate this icon.

po said...

Wow Frank, you actually attended lectures by him, that is unbelievable, what a privelege.