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Lulamile Nikani PDF Print E-mail
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Lulamile Nikani grew up in Worcester in the Western Cape and has been interested in the theatre and arts for most of his life. He joined a drama group at the age of 12 and has never looked back.

Lulamile studied visual (fine arts) at Fort Hare and was the artistic director for Creative Arts for two years.

He is inspired by his environment, and the desire to help those less fortunate find a purpose through the arts. His dream is to become a producer and open an arts academy in the Eastern Cape.

He was instrumental in helping to set up a drama department at Forbes Grant High School where he worked in the late 1980’s.

Lulamile also formed the Siyakhula Cultural Society which performed a re-enactment of the Sharpville massacre on SABC 2’s Morning Live programme.

Lulamile’s CV:

  • 1989-1991: Worked as a visual and performing artist. Introduced drama and visual art at Forbes Grant High School, as a result visual art was taken up as a subject in the following years and a drama society was established.
  • 1991-1993: Formed Ginsberg Drama group and was an artistic director.
  • 1994-1995: Joined Fort Hare University Creative and Drama Society and became their artistic director.
  • 1996:  Worked with Zinzi Khulu Productions for iTyala Lamawele Filming. Worked for wardrobe and make-up department and assisted also in ritual songs.
  • 1998-2003: Formed Siyakhula Cultural Society, became their artistic director. In 2002, the Steve Biko Foundation approached us for a performance in Sharpville during the unveiling of Sharpville Massacre Site where we appeared on SABC 2 Morning Live. From there I produced unearthed talented artists who are now pursuing performing with professional production companies in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
  • 2005-2006: Worked with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Rural Schooling Unit for one year contract on introducing drama as a tool in the classroom. Worked with five different schools in the former Transkei area.
  • 2006:  Directed a documentary for K.K. Productions for the 1952 Duncan Village Massacre.
  • 2009-2010: Worked with St Patricks Special School for the mentally challenged pupils. I trained them in dance and drama for Eisteddfod School Festival at Grahamstown where they came with gold medals in every category they entered in 2009 and 2010 they came with double gold in drama.
  • I also volunteered for King William’s Town Child and Youth Centre from 2000-2008 as a creative arts instructor.

Contact Details:

Province: Eastern Cape

City: Port Elizabeth

Category: Actors & Actresses

Cell: 0833423807/0824223925

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Outside perfomance at Adelaide by Siyakhula Group

Lulamile (in blue overalls) on stage with the Fort Hare Creative Arts Society, 1994

Siyakhula Group rehearsal before a perfomance at Eastern Beach, East London

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