What is this blog about?

I started blogging while I was studying at Rhodes University, 2010. I had just started reading for a Masters in Education and I was struggling with writing. I mostly struggled because I didn't like academic writing (I'm still in two minds about it even though I currently doing a PhD). Since I started blogging I have also written columns and op-eds for newspapers such as the Daily Dispatch (a newspaper in the Eastern Cape), Sunday Independent, Mail and Guardian as well as other platforms like Huffington PostZA, The Journalist, Sable Magazanie and Prufrock Literary Magazine.

I opted for the title ixhanti lam because the phrase relates to what is known as a kraal in South African English. Ixhanti is a family homestead where family elders meet to speak to the ancestors. It is an important and sacred part in any traditional homestead. This relates to the blog because I think of writing as an important part of my life, akin to family elders speaking to ancestors when things are good or when things are bad in the family. This blog is not a literal xhanti but for me it has the same sentiments of using this space to write about what I think is important.

 I am currently a lecturer at the University of Pretoria as an nGAP lecturer in the Faculty of Education. I am also working on a PhD looking at Noni Jabavu's memoirs, The Ochre People and Drawn in Colour: African Contrasts.

To find out about Nontsizi Mgwetho and why her words are important, click on the tab Who is Nontsizi Mgqwetho?


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