Promotion of Language and Story Telling

This category highlights efforts used to promote and develop languages through artistic ways, often stretching the language to compel it to introduce new meanings. It rewards women who are giving exposure to under used languages. It further celebrates women who promote traditional ways of disseminating knowledge, wisdom and philosophies. It celebrates the gripping creativity of storytelling and the observant eye and sharp tongue of comedians.

Antjie Krog

Antjie Krog has published several volumes of poetry, three books of verse for children as well as a number of prose works. Writing in Afrikans, she is the recipient of numerous awards for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and journalism, and has received four honorary doctorates. Her work has been translated into many languages. Working as a reporter to cover the TRC hearings, she subsequently published a book 'Country of My Skull' about the process.

Nomsa Mdlalose

Nomsa Mdlalose is one of South Africa's established storytellers and has worked tirelessly to place story telling on an equal footing with other forms of art such as dance and drama. Nomsa has trained storytellers for years and holds a masters degree in storytelling. She is the founding member and managing director of Kwesukela Storytelling Academy.

Ntabiseng Sibanda

Nthabiseng is the founder of Puo Educational Products which creates content that educates, entertains and empowers children based on Africa's heritage.  Their stories are in various indigenous South African languages and available in books and digital formats.  She is part of the Ernst & Young Winning Women's Entrepreneurial Programme and was a finalist in the 2012 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards.