Benjamin Leshoai

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Benjamin Letholoa Leshoai (1920-). Journalist, novelist, playwright.

Biography

Born in Bloemfontein and educated at Fort Hare University and the University of Illinois, Leshoai left South Africa to teach in Zambia and Tanzania, and later became Professor of Literature at the University of Bophuthatswana.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

He wrote a number of plays, some of which were published, others banned. His one-act play Revolution (1972) for example was one of the first to advocate violence as a viable course of action for blacks, although his other one-act plays such as The Wake (1964), The Weather Forecast (1971), The Rendezvous (1972), and The Rightful Chief are concerned more with social themes.

A collection of his plays was published in 1971 under the title The Wrath of the Ancestors and Other Plays (Nairobi: East Africa Publishing House).

He is also the author of two full-length plays Morati of Bataung (written for AMDA, 19**) and Lines Draw Monsters (first performed by FUBA drama students under the direction of Sisho Maphisa at the Market Theatre in 1982).

Sources

(See Gosher, 1988)

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.


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