zakes mda
Zakes Mda
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
 Zakes Mda is a South African writer, painter, filmmaker and music composer. He has published seventeen books, eight of which are novels and the rest collections of plays, poetry and a monograph on the theory and practice of theater-for-development. His works have been translated into 20 languages, including Catalan, Korean, Serbian, Norwegian and Italian. They have won a number of awards including Amstel Playwright of the Year Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa, the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award, the Sunday Times Literary Prize and the American Library Association Notable Book. His novel, Cion, set in southeast Ohio, was nominated for the NAACP Image Award. He commutes between the USA and South Africa, working as a professor of creative writing at Ohio University, as a beekeeper in the Eastern Cape, a dramaturge at the Market Theater, Johannesburg, and a director of the Southern African Multimedia AIDS Trust in Sophiatown, Johannesburg.