- Professor Nhlanhla Maake is a novelist, dramatist, literary critic, language activist and one-time actor. He graduated with a BA degree at the then University of the North (now Limpopo), BA Hons (Wits University), Hons BA (University of South Africa), MLitt (University of Strathclyde, UK), MLitt (University of Keele, UK), DLitt et Phil (University of South Africa) and the Certificate in Higher Education Management (Wits University). His areas of research are drama, theatre and literary studies.
- He has held academic and managerial positions at the following universities: London [SOAS], Witwatersrand, Pretoria, Vista, North-west and Limpopo. Maake has held Fellowships at Aarhus University , on the Southern African Research Program [Yale University], Ernest Oppenheimer fellowship [University of Cape Town, 1992] and Distinguished Scholar [Wits].
- Maake has published twenty-five books of fiction and non-fiction in Sesotho and English, several book reviews, encyclopedia entries, radio plays, study guides, poems, academic, polemic and position articles. He has won several literary awards.
- He is currently Guest Professor in the Drama Department at the University of Pretoria and Professor in the Department of English Studies at Unisa.