Celebrating a South African literary expert

2019-12-11 06:01
Professor Cyril Lincoln Sibusiso­ Nyembezi at the celebration. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Professor Cyril Lincoln Sibusiso­ Nyembezi at the celebration. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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AUTHOR, editor, translator and more — Professor Cyril Lincoln Sibusiso Nyembezi was celebrated at a function hosted by Shuter and Shooter Publishers in collaboration with Usiba recently.

The centennial celebration for the strong proponent of the isiZulu language was dubbed a success.

Nyembezi attended Adams College on the South Coast before embarking on his university career.

In 1959 he was a lecturer at the University of Fort Hare and, being a highly principled man, he objected to the policy of Bantu Education. This caused him, alongside others, to resign from their posts.

In 1960, Nyembezi joined Shuter and Shooter as an editor of indigenous languages which culminated in his appointment to the board of directors.

Nyembezi authored a number of books in different genres; including poetry, grammar, dictionaries, and novels; and his novel Inkinsela Yasemgungundlovu­ is one of the 100 classics of Africa.

Furthermore, he was also responsible for the translation of Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country.

The Sibusiso Nyembezi Award, named after Nyembezi and instituted by Usiba, is awarded annually to an emergent author. —.Supplied.


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