Mazisi Kunene

South African poet

1930   -   2006

country of citizenship: South Africa
educated at: University of Natal
occupation: poet, writer, university teacher, artist

Mazisi (Raymond) Kunene (12 May 1930 – 11 August 2006) was a South African poet best known for his poem Emperor Shaka the Great. While in exile from South Africa's apartheid regime, Kunene was an active supporter and organizer of the anti-apartheid movement in Europe and Africa. He would later teach at UCLA and become Africa's and South Africa's poet laureate.
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