Zakes Mda Biography and Wiki

Zakes Mda (/ˈzɛɪks/ /mˈdɑː/) is a South African novelist, poet as well as a playwright, and he is the son of politician A. P. Mda. He was born in Herschel, Eastern Cape as Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda.

Mda has won major South African and British literary awards for his novels as well as plays. Currently, he is a Patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

Zakes Mda Age

Mda is 72 years old as of 2020, he was born on 1 January 1948 in Herschel, Eastern Cape. He celebrates his birthday on January 1 every year.

Zakes Mda Height

Zakes stands at an average height and moderate weight. He appears to be quite tall in stature in his photos, relative to his surroundings, which are anything to go by. However, details regarding his actual height and other body measurements are currently not publicly available. We are keeping tabs and will update this information once it is out.

Zakes Mda Education

Zakes was born in Herschel, South Africa, in 1948, and completed the Cambridge Overseas Certificate at Peka High School, Lesotho in 1969. He pursued his Bfa (Visual Arts and Literature) at the International Academy of Arts and Literature, Zurich, Switzerland in 1976.

He completed an MFA (Theater) and an MA (Mass Communication and Media) in 1984 at Ohio University, United States. Mda completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1989.

Zakes Mda Parents, Family and Siblings

After doing our research, details about his parents are not known to the public and it is also not known if he has any siblings. However, we are keeping tabs and will update this information once we get it from a credible source.

Zakes Mda Wife: Is he married?

Mda likes to keep his marital status private hence information about her partner is still unclear. It is not publicly known whether she is married, dating, or has any children. However, this information will be updated as soon as it is available.

Zakes Mda Children

As of 2020, there isn’t any documented report about Zakes having any children. Nevertheless, this information is currently under review and will be updated once we get it from a reliable source.

Zakes Mda Net Worth

Zakes Net Worth is estimated to be $300,000 dollars as of 2020. He has been in the writing industry for quite some time. He has no doubt amassed a huge fortune with the bulk of his wealth coming from his professional writing career. Despite his obvious riches, Zakes prefers to lead a modest lifestyle.

Zakes Mda Measurements and Facts

Here are some interesting facts and body measurements you should know about Zakes Mda.

Zakes Mda Bio and Wiki

Full name: ZanemvulaKizito Gatyeni Mda Popular As: Zakes Mda- Gender: Male Occupation / Profession: novelist Nationality: South African Race / Ethnicity: African Religion: Christian Sexual Orientation: Straight

Zakes Mda Birthday

Age / How Old?: 72 years (2020) Zodiac Sign: To be Updated Date of Birth: 1948 Place of Birth: Herschel, Eastern Cape, South Africa Birthday: To be Updated

Zakes Mda Body Measurements

Body Measurements: Not Available Height / How Tall?: Average Weight: Moderate Eye Color: Dark Brown Hair Color: Black

Zakes Mda Family and Relationship

Father (Dad):  To be updated Mother: To be updated Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): Not Known Marital Status: To be Updated Wife/Spouse: Not Available

Zakes Mda Net Worth and Salary

Net Worth: $300,000 dollars Salary: Under Review Source of Income: Novelist

Zakes Mda House and Cars

Place of living: US Cars: Car Brand to be Updated

Zakes Mda Ways Of Dying

Mda novels have been translated into 21 languages, the translation of Ways of Dying into Turkish being the latest. Mda’s first novel, Ways of Dying, takes place during the transitional years that marked South Africa’s transformation into a democratic nation.

Zakes Mda Black Diamond

Set in post-apartheid South Africa, Zakes Mda’s latest novel, Black Diamond, references a nickname for the country’s rising black elite, not coal.

Although its social commentary is engaging, the novel’s predictable love plot of Don’s shift from controlling ex-supermodel Tumi to Kristin, the mousy magistrate turned accepting blond bombshell, is cliché, at best.

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The Heart of Redness, Mda’s third novel, is inspired by the history of Nongqawuse, a Xhosa prophetess whose prophecies catalyzed the Cattle-Killing of 1856 to 1857.

Zakes Mda Novelist

When he began publishing, he adopted the pen name of Zakes Mda. In addition to writing novels and plays, he has taught English and creative writing in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he went to the United States, where he became a professor in the English Department at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Zakes has been a visiting professor at Yale and the University of Vermont. He is a founding member and currently works on the advisory board of African writers Trust, ”a non-profit entity which seeks to coordinate and bring together African writers in the Diaspora and writers on the continent to promote sharing of skills and other resources, and to nurture knowledge and learning between the two groups.

On June 8, 2012, Zakes was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Cape Town for his contributions to world literature. His novels have been translated into 21 languages, the translation of Ways of Dying into Turkish being the latest.

Zakes Mda Literary Works

Zakes’ first novel, Ways of Dying, takes place during the interim years that marked South Africa’s transformation into a democratic nation. It follows the character of Toloki. After finding himself destitute, he invents a profession as a ”Professional Mourner.”

He traverses the violent urban landscape of an unnamed South Africa city, finding an old love amidst the internecine fighting present in the townships and squatter settlements.

The Heart of Redness, Zake’s third novel, is inspired by the history of Nongqawuse, a Xhosa prophetess whose prophecies catalyzed the Cattle-Killing of 1856 – 1857. Xhosa culture spilled between Believers and Unbelievers, adding to existing social strain, famine, and social breakdown.

It is believed that 20,000 people died of hunger during that time. In the novel, Zakes continually shifts back and forth between the present day and the time of Nongqawuse to show the complex interplay between history and myth.

He dramatizes the uncertain future of a culture whose troubled relationship with the colonizing their home of Qolorha-by-Sea. Zakes account of the Cattle-Killing draws heavily on that of historian Jeff Peires in his book The Dead Will Arise (Zakes acknowledges this at the outset of his novel).

Like Peires, Zakes identifies Mhikaza, Nongqawuse’s uncle, and one of the key players in the event, with William Goliath, the first Xhosa person baptized in the Anglican church.

Zakes Mda Books

1995: Ways of Dying2000: The heart of redness2002: The Madonna of Excelsior2005: The Whale Caller1995: She plays with the darkness2011: Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider2013: Rachel’s Blue2013: The Sculptors of Mapungubwe2015: Little Suns2007: Cion1993: When people play people1993: And the girls in their Sunday dresses2002: Fools, bells, and the habit of eating2009: Black Diamond1987: We Shall Sing for the Fatherland1990: The plays of Zakes Mda2012: Our Lady of Benoni2002: Diterama tsa ga Zakes Mda: Setswana1997: Melville 67: A Novella for Youth2002: Ditiragatšo tša Zakes Mda: Sesotho sa Leboa

Zakes Mda Quotes

“If you are truly telling a South African story then it will be political — because you are dealing with people who lead political lives in an environment which is highly politically charged.”“The girls cannot contain their joy. They must start rehearsing immediately. They teach Saluni a new song that they have composed at the swamps. It is about croaking frogs in their green and brown colours and how the girls caught them and pierced their eyes with sharp sticks and set them free to hop about in wonderful blindness.It is a haunting melody. They tell Saluni that the song is all about the fun they had at the swamps today. The blinded frogs will live peacefully because now they won’t be bothered by the bright rays of the sun. They won’t have to run from danger, because they won’t see it. They will therefore be safe since danger only catches those who run away from it.”“Death lives with us everyday. Indeed our ways of dying are our ways of living. Or should I say our ways of living are our ways of dying?”“Everybody laughed for a long time, for it was the kind of joke that seemed to grow on you. You would laugh and eventually stop. But after a few minutes you would think of the joke again, and you would burst out laughing all over again.”

Zakes Mda Awards

1978:  Special merit award in the first Amstel Playwright of the Year Award of South Africa ‘We Shall Sing for the Fatherland’1979: Amstel Playwright of the Year Award for ‘The Hill’1997:  M-Net Book Prize, South Africa for ‘Ways of Dying’2001: Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Africa, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for ‘The Heart of Redness’2001: Sunday Times Fiction Prize for ‘The Heart of Redness’2004: Top Ten South African Books published in the Decade of Democracy ‘The Madonna of Excelsior’2017: 17th Barry Ronge Fiction Prize ‘Little Suns’

Frequently Asked Questions About Zakes Mda

Who is Zakes Mda?

Zakes is a famous South African novelist, poet, and playwright and he is the son of politician A.P. Mda. He has won major South African and British literary awards for his novels and plays. He is currently a Patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

How old is Zakes Mda?

Zakes was born in 1948, in Herschel, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He is currently at the age of 72 years as of 2020.

How tall is Zakes Mda?

Zakes stands at an average height, he has not shared his height with the public. His height will be listed once we have it from a credible source.

Is Zakes Mda married?

Details about his love life are still under review. We will let you know when he gets in a relationship or when we discover helpful information about his love life.

How much is Zakes Mda worth?

Zakes has an approximate net worth of $300,000 dollars. This amount has been accrued from his leading roles in the writing industry.

Where does Zakes Mda live?

Mda is a resident of the USA, we shall upload pictures of his house as soon as we have them.

Is Zakes Mda dead or alive?

Zakes is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.

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