Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele (1948-). Novelist, critic, academic.
He was born on 4 July 1948 in Johannesburg. A highly respected academic, a leading figure in the transitional phase and the post-apartheid endeavour to identify and support a “South African aesthetic”. His collection of stories (Fools and Other Stories) was published in 1983. The 1998 film Fools, directed by Ramadan Suleman and starring Ken Gampu, Patrick Shai, Corney Mabaso and others, is based on these stories. At the Fespaco (Festival Panafricaine du Cinema a Ouagadougou) awards ceremony in March 1999 the film won the coveted Oumarou Ganda Best First Fiction Film Award
Taught at Denver Colorado, the University of Lesotho and was Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Cape Town from July 2000 to June 2008. On November 16, 2012 he was inaugurated as the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. He is currently the chairman of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Mail and Guardian, 28 May 1998.
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