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Who was Mazisi Kunene? Google celebrates one of Africa’s best poets who was forced to flee – World News

Google Doodle celebrates the life of Mazisi Kunene, who became an icon of African literature after being forced to flee his native South Africa while the terrible apartheid regime took power

Today's Google Doodle celebrates Mazisi Kunene's 92nd birthday
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Mazisi Kunene’s 92nd birthday

Today’s Google Doodle is as beautiful as it is intriguing. The search engine regularly pays tribute to important people and events from around the world, and the latest issue celebrates the life of one of Africa’s finest poets, Mazisi Kunene.

Click yourself on Google’s homepage and you’ll sometimes find fun and colorful adaptations of the search engine’s logo – click on it and it will search for a specific name or phrase for you.

They started when the Google founders went to the famous Burning Man Festival and had a little man stand over the word Google as a funny version of an out-of-office message.

Today’s Google honors the 92nd birthday of anti-apartheid activist Mazisi Kunene.

The doodle shows Mazisi at work, for which he became famous as a resistance figure against the apartheid regime in his native South Africa. Here we take a closer look at who he was.

Who is Mazisi Kunene?







Mazisi Kunene is an icon of African poetry
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Mazisi Kunene was a South African Poet Laureate and anti-apartheid activist.

In his work he dealt with the culture of the Zulu.

He comes from Durban, the third largest city in South Africa, and was already writing in his local newspaper at the age of eleven, sending in poems and short stories.

At university, his doctoral thesis dealt with the dilution of Zulu culture in Western literature, and when apartheid began in South Africa he was able to use his previous work to counteract the vile division.

The South African government banished him in 1959 when he fled to Britain.

During his exile here he published some of his greatest works, including The Ancestors and the Sacred Mountain, Anthem of the Decades and Emperor Shaka the Great.

The University of California, Los Angeles hired him as a professor of African literature in 1975, and he spent the next two decades educating students and serving as a consultant to UNESCO.

After the end of apartheid he returned to South Africa where he resumed writing in Zulu and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1993.

Today, the Mazisi Kunene Foundation Trust continues to work to help the next generation of literary creators in Africa.

Mazisi Kunene died in his hometown of Durban in 2006.

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