| James Jantjies Moiloa was born on 16 June 1916 in the Wepener District in the Free State. In 1924 Moiloa started primary education at jammerdrift where he later passed Standard Four. Whilst working as a kitchen boy he continued his studies and in 1938 obtained a Junior Certificate at Bloemfontein High School. After completing a teacher’s training course at the Tabanchu Moroka Missionary Institute in 1940, Moiloa taught at Brandfort from 1941 to 1951. He completed a BA Degree at UNISA in 1958 and was in 1966 appointed principal of Lereko secondary School in Bloemfontein. When he was invited to teach Sesotho language at the University of the Orange Free State in 1970, he was the first African to be appointed to this position at the Institution.Moiloa is a pioneering figure in Sesotho literature and his long list of books include Sediba sa Meqoqo (1962), Dipale le Metlae (1963), Mohahlaula Dithota (1965), Molomo wa Badimo (1977) and Monna Mosotho (1984).