Nkateko Masinga


Nkateko Masinga is a poet and writer who was born and raised in the east of Pretoria, South Africa. Her first poetry chapbook, 'The Sin In My Blackness', was published in August 2015. Her second chapbook, 'A War Within The Blood', was published in September 2016.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent the first nine years of my life in a township called Mamelodi, until my family moved to the suburbs in Pretoria East. My childhood influenced my writing in that my views of the world were shaped in Mamelodi and either discarded or consolidated later in life and now when I write, my upbringing is my point of reference. The poem "A Township Summer," is based on my childhood experiences of spending holidays with my cousins in Mamelodi.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The 'Sin In My Blackness' started off as a single poem about black consciousness, but as time went on I started writing more poems on the same topic and it only made sense to compile them in a chapbook.
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Where to find Nkateko Masinga online


The Sin In My Blackness
This is a forty-second clip of me performing my poem "The Sin In My Blackness" at the knockout rounds of the Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition 2015.


A War Within The Blood
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 4,460. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Emotions
'A War Within The Blood' deals with the battles we carry inside and outside our bodies, the weapons we use to fight them and how, despite how we hurt ourselves in the process, life allows us to collect our own bones from the grave of hopelessness and grow back our flesh with love.
The Sin In My Blackness
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 7,530. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Africa
I have found a beauty in blackness that I am willing to defend, a beauty that I will not allow to be contained or stifled. I refuse to succumb to the notion that I must hide my hair, bleach my skin or make apologies for the way I sound when I speak. I have written this book as a form of love letter to myself; to say: There is no shame or sin in my blackness.

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