Afrows: Words of Subversion is an anthology of poems and prose by the following young writers:
Tshepiso Mashinini, 21, was born in Johannesburg, and is currently majoring in English Literature and International Relations at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Mashinini deals extensively with sexual violence, gender inequality, political protest and environmentalism in her writing. She intends to enrol in an LLB in 2018, and hopes to combine a career in environmental law with writing.
Sthandwa Mbelle, 21, was born in Midrand, and is majoring in English Literature and Psychology at UCT. In addition to continuing her academic studies, Mbelle aspires to travel the world in order to learn about psychology from different cultural perspectives, and then to apply this knowledge back in South Africa in order to contribute to a healthier, more harmonious country.
Nolitha Ngamlana, 21, was born and raised in Gugulethu, and is majoring in English Literature and Media Production at UCT. Ngamlana’s poetry deals with themes such as dispossession, discrimination and white hegemony. Ngamlana aims to pursue a career in writing, and hopes to contribute to strengthening basic education in South Africa.
Lubabalo Ngejane, 23, from Gugulethu, is majoring in English Literature and Media & Writing at UCT. Ngejane came out as gay at the age of 16, and his writing explores the struggles of being a young, gay, black man in contemporary South Africa. An avid reader and film aficionado, Ngejane hopes to pursue a career as a feature writer and novelist.
Matimu Rikhotso, 20, was born in Tzaneen, Limpopo, and went to school in Johannesburg. He is currently enrolled in UCT’s BA in Film Production: Screenwriting. Rikhotso aspires to a career in writing in which he can work on creating imaginative, Afrocentric fiction. His poetry is primarily concerned with empowering a nuanced black identity and confronting problematic masculinities.