Mazisi Kunene

Born 12 may 1930 ,Mazisi Kunene grew up as an avid follower of literature , even going as far as writing his own poems and short stories in isizulu .Following his passion He later undertook a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Natal ,focusing on Zulu and history .Later in life , after becoming a master of Zulu and history ,in 1959 he was forced into exile from his homeland South Africa ,due to backlash against his opposition to the apartheid regime.

He then became a well-travelled representative of an African intellectuals ,in both Europe and America ,and becoming a Professor of African literature At the university of California .

His works , namely Emperor Shaka the Great  have a special place in the hearts of South Africans .

Mazisi Kunene passed, aged 76 and will be immortalized as a poet Laureate of South Africa.