Yamkela Khoza Tywakadi

Yamkela Tywakadi is a published author of 10 books. Her first book to be published is an IsiXhosa novel, that was approved by the South African Department of Education to be used by Grade 9 students learning isiXhosa in South African schools nationwide.

Her books include a folklore anthology in IsiXhosa for FET phase, two children’s story anthologies in isiXhosa and isiZulu and four non-fiction children’s books in isiZulu. Her latest offering is an isiXhosa novel and an English one, Lies in Her Boots, both published by Weza Home Publishing. Lies in Her Boots is in the process of being adapted to a film by Final Chapta Productions. Two English novels are on the pipeline, expected to be published in 2018.

Yamkela has worked for a number of publishing houses as a publisher and media companies such as Quizzical Pictures, Jacana Media, Drum Magazine, Oxford University Press, Pan Macmillan and many more. She has vast experience in both the editorial and the marketing/ publicity side of publishing. She has helped publish and market a number of books in different languages. Some of these books were approved by the South African Department of Education to be used as classroom materials nationwide. Some have competed and won awards such as Department of Art & Culture Literature Awards and MNet Literature Awards.

She is also a contributor for Essays of Africa Magazine as well as Cognisence magazine, an online opinion magazine. She has worked as a language advisor for television series such as The Lab (SABC3), So You Think You’re Funny (SABC 1), Umtshato (SABC 1) and many more.

Yamkela is also an editor, copy-writer, song writer, poet – in short, she is a wordsmith and art lover. She is also a storyteller of note and finds life in performing all forms of oral literature. She writes her own folktales that she performs. Some have been published on an IsiXhosa folklore anthology, Ubusi Bezizukulwana, published by Oxford University Press. She writes and performs in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa and English.

Yamkela is currently heading up trade publishing at Sifiso Publishers as a Commissioning Editor. She is the founder of Blank Page Edu, a company that develops mobile app games and board game. She is also a wife and a mother to her daughter, Lukhulu Tywakadi.

She holds a B.A. (Media Studies & African Languages), B.A. Hons (African Languages, with distinction) and B.A. Hons (Publishing Studies).

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