Sabata-mpho Mokae is a novelist, translator and academic. He writes in English and Setswana (a southern African language). He is the author of a teen novella Dikeledi and a biography The Story of Sol T. Plaatje. His first novella, 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.
In 2014 he was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Mokae also received the inaugural Lesedi la Afrika Award in 2017. He has read his work and participated in literary programmes and events in several countries including Singapore, United States of America, Ghana, Lesotho and South Africa. His new English novel After Hours is due for release in the first quarter of 2018.
Mokae is teaching creative writing at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, South Africa.