Category        : Lifetime Achievement Literary Award

Author            : Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa

Publications  : Body of work

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa’s contribution as a storyteller is largely ignored. His books, written since the 1960s until around 2007, are a major contribution to Africa and the world’s knowledge reservoir. He doesn’t just tell stories from observations but also brings in the element of being a seer into his books. His humble residence in the village of Magojaneng in Kuruman, Northern Cape is a destination for many visitors from here and abroad, which is indicative of him being a widely respected figure. Born on 21 July 1921 in KwaZulu-Natal, he is respected largely for his predictions of world events, including the destruction of New York’s World Trade Centre in 2001, the 1976 June 16 uprising, the plague of HIV, Chris Hani’s assassination, load shedding and the ousting of President Thabo Mbeki.

His publications include:

  1. Indaba, My Children (1964)
  2. Let Not My Country Die (1986)
  3. Song of the Stars: Lore of the Zulu Shaman (1996)
  4. Zulu Shaman: Dreams, Prophesies and Mysteries (2003)
  5. Woman of Four Paths: The Story of a Strange Black Woman in South Africa (2007)