Otty Nxumalo SALA 2007
(Otty Nxumalo with Nadine Gordimer and Sindiswa Seakhoa at the SALA awards)
Otty E.H.M Nxumalo
Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award
 Author, academic, poet and biographer, Otty Nxumalo, was born in Louwsburg, KwaZulu Natal. He earned his degrees from the Universities of South Africa, Harvard and Zululand and lives in Durban.An esteemed academic, Nxumalo has taught at various institutions, including Governor’s School in New Jersey, Lesley College and Harvard University in the USA and the University of Zululand in South Africa.

With his expertise in the field of education, Nxumalo has contributed widely, in a number of positions, to education in KwaZulu Natal. He served as Director General of KwaZulu Natal from 1994 to 2000.

Nxumalo’s publications include novels, books of poetry, a number of short stories, and an authorised biography of King Goodwill Zwelithini. His novels include: Ikusasa Alaziwa, Izinsizwa Ngamakhosi snd Ngisinga Empumalanga.

Nxumalo’s poetry is inspired by themes that revolve around nature, love, sympathy, sorrow, triumph, resilience and fortitude. His short stories, essays and novels are driven by his observational behavior often revealed in the form of strong social and political statements.

In 2007, he was the recipient of the SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award for writing in African Languages.