Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Nelson Mandela
An Ecological Study
About the Book
This book is a comprehensive biography of Nelson Mandela that is enriched by the context of the South African struggle that the author brings into the narrative. Nelson Mandela is immersed in the entire liberationist strife from 1652 to 2000 as it took place in South Africa within the globa waves that impcted the South African scenes with reactionary trends as well as emancipatory influences.
Unlike most books on Nelson Mandela, this book was written by a South African Black, first in Zulu and then translated to five South African languages, including English. As the author was a participant in the struggle, this book captures much of the stories as they were experienced, told and retold by the South Africans, especially those de-voiced South African Blacks who dared not write or speak openly about the struggle. This book is, therefore largely a Black person's view point, a view point that is informed by scholarship, distance from the South Africa and decades of living in South Africa under apartheid.
About the Author
Jabulani C. Buthelezi is a teacher who was born at Lennoxton in Newcastle. He received his primary and secondary education at St. Lewis Bertrand's School and matriculated at Amanzimtoti Training College. He obtained a BA degree at the University of Zululand and obtained a UED, a BEd and BA Hons. (History) at the University of South Africa. He was a student of Professor Darlene Clark Hine who fired him with the desire to write at Michigan State University where he got an MA (Ed Admn); MA (History) MA and a Ph.D. in Adult & Continuing Education. He is also doing an MA in Creative Writing at Columbus University, New Orleans, Los Angeles.
In 1993 he won the African Heritage Literary Award and in 1994 also won the M-NET Book Prize with his novel Kushaywa Edonsayo. In 1994 he won the African Heritage Literary Award and in 1995 also won the M-NET Book Prize with his novel Impi YabomDabu Isethunjini. He won the African Heritage Literary Award in 1997 with another novel,
Uze Ungalokothi. Other publications of this author are at the end of this book.
This author is known as the principal who built Amakholwa High School at Edendale in Pietermaritzburg, and he was the principal who founded Buhle Buyeza High School in Greytown. He was also the principal of Zibukezulu High School and Mpande High School in Pietermaritzburg. In the USA, he was a field instructor in Multiple Perspectives Teacher Education Programme at Michigan State University where he also taught isiZulu. In 1996 he was a visiting professor at Albion College. He is now a full-time writer who is committed to make a significant contribution in nine African languages, which were neglected by the apartheid regime. Most of his work will be translated into eleven South African languages.
Jabulani C. Buthelezi is married to Dr. Sybil Mazoe MaDlamini who is not only his loving wife, companion and friend, but she is also the backbone, the chief editor and the one-person ethics committee of all his literary work.