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Peter Abrahams
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
 Peter Henry Abrahams was born on March 19, 1919 in Vredersdorp , South Africa . He attended St Peter’s High School, Rossetenville, where he was classmates with Es’kia Mphahlele and later Grace Dieu College , near Pietersburg (now Polokwane). Although Abrahams has lived as an adopted citizen of Britain then Jamaica for over 60 years, he still regards South Africa as home. “I am emotionally involved in South Africa ,” he has said. Abrahams went to work before he went to school, sold firewood, worked for a tinsmith, cleaned rooms in a hotel, carried packages and other jobs. At college he edited the college magazine and began writing and publishing verse in the Bantu World. After graduating from college in 1938, Abrahams taught for a year in Cape Town and then worked briefly in Durban as a magazine editor.Abrahams has written five novels including Song of the City (1945), The Path of Thunder (1948), Wreath for Udomo (1956) and his seminal autobiography Tell Freedom – Memories of Africa. Abrahams was the first black African writer whose works, published in England and the United States . Major figures in modern African fiction in English including Cyprian Ekwensi of Nigeria, Lewis Nkosi of South Africa and Ngugi wa Thiong’o of Kenya cite Abrahams as their major influence.

In 2006 he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award by the South African Literary Awards, a project of the wRite associates in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture and Sowetan.

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