The Durban University of Technology was privileged to play host to distinguished poet, activist, freedom-fighter, director, author and story teller Gcina Mhlophe.
Mhlophe was invited to DUT to speak at the 3rd Writing Competition organised by DUT Writing Center that took place at Ritson Campus, Thursday the 10th of September 2015.
The prominent Mhlophe told the attendees that , “when they write they write in their mother tongue langauges, “ Each and every time as a writer you must use the language you are good at, do not try to write in the language that you are not comfortable with. People must write about something they know well and something that they have experienced,’’ Mhlophe said.
Siphesihle Mthethwa who is an aspiring poet and DUT student said, “To be in the same room as she (Mhlophe) is a privilege. I am inspired by all her writings and the way she does her thing, it is a wonderful experience to meet her today,’’ Mthethwa said. Mhlophe was all smiles when delivering her speech to the audience; the attendees were emotional when she played one of her songs called “Khumbulani umlando” which translates as “remember your past’’.
The well-known poet said that her long time dream of building an Oral History Museum has come true, “God is good, 2015 sees the birth of an Oral History Museum in Durban and you do not need to be a Mandela or a Sisulu but you need to be an ordinary south African then you will be able to come and record your own oral history at our museum in your own mother tongue language,’’ Mlophe said.
Pictured: Gcina Mhlophe with Prof Prof N S Gwele, at the event.