spacer.png, 0 kB
spacer.png, 0 kB
Mziwonke Qwesha PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 6
Authors / Scriptwriters / Poets - Poets

Playwright, author and poet, Mziwonke Qwesha has made a name for himself in the Eastern Cape.

Writing radio and stage dramas, short stories and poetry has been his past-time since 1976. The latest addition has been producing documentaries under the series titled UNTOLD STORIES OF THE EASTERN CAPE.

His radio plays have been broadcast on South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Umhlobo Wenene -fm. His first ever radio play was Laze Lanqum’inqatha – a piece that won him the first-prize in the South African Road Safety / Radio Xhosa Drama Competition and flighted on Radio Xhosa in 1981.
Later he wrote many serial plays which were all broadcast on Umhlobo Wenene-fm. Among his most popular radio serials were: Akuthethw’eyezeni (1994 & 1996), Kuza Kwaziwana (1995, 1996, 1997 & 1999) and Minwana Phezulu (2010).


The Will (1980), a two-hander was his debut piece in writing for the stage. His second stage play, A People Betrayed, had a week-long run on the fringe of the annual National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown in 1995.


Some of his short stories appeared in both national and international publications. The most popular and most re-printed has been Chungu, The Bushman. His earlier works included The Mysterious Piano, Our Pain, Our Curse and a plethora of others. A Class Full of Hell and Hope’ appears in the book, Great South African Teachers, edited by Prof Jonathan Jansen et al, and published by Bookstorm Publishers in 2011.

Mziwonke won the UNESCO-sponsored Calabash Poetry Award in 1991, with his entry, These Graves We Love. In 2007 he won the Express Yourself Poetry Competition with his poem, South Africa My Pride.
Mziwonke published a collection of his poems, titled, Africa, Through the Window, in the USA in 2011.

As a documentary producer he has produced many historical dvds, amongst which are: The Bhisho Massacre, Aliwal North Massacre, Enoch Mgijima and the Bulhoek Massacre, 1976/77 Student Uprising in the Eastern Cape, 1956 Anti-Pass March, and Bafana Gqola and the Liberation Route.

Mziwonke Qwesha studied at the University of Transkei (later renamed Walter Sisulu University) and the University of Stellenbosch where he pursued post-graduate studies.  He also holds three certificates in Archival Studies from the University of South Africa. In addition he has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Howick Writing School.

Contact Details:

Province: Eastern Cape

City: East London

Category: Playwright, author, poet

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cell: 083 372 3795

spacer.png, 0 kB
spacer.png, 0 kB
spacer.png, 0 kB
spacer.png, 0 kB