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Ephraim Lesoro
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
 Ephraim Alfred Shadrack Lesoro was born on 18 March 1929 at Platkopje in the Free State . Lesoro is deeply rooted in his African tradition as a Mosotho and proudly identifies himself with his clan totem a Mokwena.Lesoro attended Ficksburg Community School , completed Standard 6 in 1943 and completed secondary education at Kroonstad High School where he obtained a junior certificate in 1946. Lesoro has a BA degree from UNISA, a BA Honours degree in African languages from Rhodes University and an MA degree from the University of the Free State . A formidable teacher and principal, he was an announcer at the South African Broadcasting Corporation until 1973 when Rhodes University appointed him as a lecturer. Lesoro is married and has three daughters.

In 1962 Lesoro received the S.E.K Mqhayi Award for his poetry book Mmitsa, Lesoro is a widely respected voice in Sesotho poetry. His books include Reneketso tsa Bana (1959), Dithothokiso Sejwalejwale (1961), Makodilo a Bana (1962), Mmitsa (1962), Leshala le tswala Molora (1963) and Mathemalodi (1966).

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.