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Dikeledi follows the story of a young teenage girl who leads her household with two brothers when her mother suddenly dies. Dikeledi is a profound coming-of-age story that shows the triumph of the human spirit!
Sabata-mpho Mokae writes in two languages: English and Setswana. He is the author of the biography The Story of Sol T Plaatje, the novella Dikeledi and a poetry collection, Escaping Trauma. His debut novel Ga Ke Modisa (I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper) won the M-Net Literary Award for Best Novel in Setswana as well as the M-Net Film Award in 2013. He also won the South African Literary Award in 2011. His short story Down Sol Plaatje Drive was performed on theatre stage during the Global Express in Iowa City, USA in 2014. His latest book Kanakotsame: In My Times, a collection of short fiction pieces, was launched in 2015.
Sabata holds an MA degree in Creative Writing from Rhodes University. In 2014 he was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa, where he was also awarded honorary fellowship. He lectures in creative writing at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, South Africa.
Ga ke Modisa, by Sabata-mpho Mokae
Ga ke Modisa is a Setswana proverbial phrase. The English equivalent is “I am not his (my brother’s) keeper”. The story is about two brothers; the younger one being a small town newspaper editor and the older brother being the mayor in the same town. The story is set in the town of Christiana in the North West. In this, his first installment of fiction, the decorated journalist Sabata-mpho Mokae reveals his genius in his language and storytelling.
Mokae is Sol Plaatje scholar and he is also the author of The Story of Sol Plaatje – a biography of the struggle hero and African titan.