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Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Nomali Khumalo, a first year Video Technology student recently won DUT’s Annual Creative Writing Competition 

Khumalo who claims writing has always been her passion is ecstatic after she had taken first place in her first-ever writing competition. Annually, the competition is run by the DUT Writing Centre and is part of a student development initiative where all full-time DUT undergraduates can participate.  There are three genres, short stories, poems and essays.  In this year’s competition, students stand to win a laptop among other prizes. The aim of the competition is to promote both academic and creative writing.  

Hailing from iNanda, Khumalo said she started writing when she was in still in primary school. She relayed it was fun writing pieces like short poems. Having entered the recent writing competition, Khumalo wrote for the short stories category which was amongst essays and poetry. Her winning piece is titled: Rebellion, and the news that she had won took her by surprise.   

“I was not aware I had won but when I first got the news I just could not believe it. I also found out through a classmate who also saw it in a class group chat with people congratulating me as I could not attend the virtual ceremony on Microsoft Teams. When I received a call from a classmate, I thought it was a prank,” Khumalo said.  

Her piece called Rebellion impressed the head of Video Technology, Professor Philippe Wade as equally as the judges. 

“It is a remarkable achievement by a rare talent. She seized the opportunity and brilliantly rose to the challenge. Her story is original, illuminating and profoundly moving,” said Prof Wade.   

Khumalo is also working on her own book which she aims to publish soon. She explains that her book is very historical, the setting is in a township and it has been a hectic but exciting process. She has always wanted to write a book, and as an avid reader found that people of her skin colour were not fully represented in books she had read and that ignited her passion to write her own book where she will be talking about her personal journey. 

With times changing she noticed that people no longer like reading hard copy books which is why she is studying Video Technology, as times are changing and she wants people to be able to see what she writes in the new media period and digital era. 

Pictured: Nomali Khumalo

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