PARTICIPANT / Malika Ndlovu

  • Name Malika Ndlovu
  • Country South Africa

Malika  Ndlovu is a Durban – born poet, playwright, performer arts project manager and mother of three, with a wide range of experience in the Arts and Arts Management arenas. She has four of her own poetry anthologies, besides her work being featured in several local and international publications. Her poetry books include Born in Africa But and Womb to World: A Labour of Love, Truth is both Spirit and Flesh, which includes a selection of South African tribute poems entitled Let’s Not Wait To Praise You When You’re Dead and her poetic memoir Invisible Earthquake: a Woman’s Journal through Stillbirth published by Modjaji Books in March 2009, marking the beginning of her awareness-raising campaign on this underexposed aspect of many women’s experience across the globe.

Malika is a founder-member of Cape Town-based women writers’ collective WEAVE, co-editor of their multi-genre anthology WEAVE’s Ink @ Boiling Point: A selection of 21st Century Black Women’s writing from the Southern Tip of Africa. In 2004 Malika joined The Mothertongue Project, a women performing artists, writers and visual artists collective, scripting for their highly successful Grahamstown Festival 2004 production – Uhambo! : Pieces of a Dream. She has also initiated the And The Word Was Woman Ensemble of 14 local performance poets, bringing together established Cape Town writers and fresh writing talents. Malika was a featured poet at the Poetry Africa 2005 International Festival, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal-Durban. In August 2006 she returned to her hometown to by invitation of The Playhouse Company to restage her play A Coloured Place written in 1996, in celebration of the 10th anniversary SA Woman’s Arts Festival. In September Malika performed extracts of Words Pave the Way, an autobiographical journey through her poetry at the Darling Festival Trusts 2006 Voorkamer Festival. In March 2007 as part of the Cape Town Festival Malika, in collaboration with well-known singer-songwriters Tina Schouw and Ernestine Deane restaged their highly successful production Womantide, showcasing their original poetry, songs and music. They continue to perform for small scale and hi profile events around the country. For Human Rights Day 21st March 2007, Malika conceived and facilitated Wordwise: A Celebration of World Poetry Day – inspired by this 1999 UNESCO global initiative and hosted at Iziko Museums’ Slave Lodge in collaboration with the Cape Town City Council.  In January 2008 Malika became co-curator of the Spier Poetry Exchange – a highly successful 5-day international poetry festival produced by the Africa Centre, an NPO dedicated to supporting and celebrating the rich history and contemporary practice of African arts and culture. This expanded poetry project now renamed Badilisha! – Poetry X-Change launched its annual calendar of events on Heritage Day 24 September 2008 and in May 2009 culminated in a 3 day international poetry Festival held in central Cape Town. Malika’s latest play Sister Breyani will had its world premier at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees 2009 before a highly successful run at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town in May. She will tour extracts of her play A Coloured Place, to Chicago in April 2010.

Continuing to operate as an independent artist under the brand New Moon Ventures, Malika is dedicated to creating indigenous, multi-media and collaborative works in line with her personal motto “healing through creativity.”



  • Dasarts Graduation Certificate with top results – Amsterdam (1999 & 2000)
  • Arts Management Training Certificate – The Playhouse Co. (1996)
  • Michael Kaiser’s Arts Admin. Course – USIS, US Embassy (1995)
  • National Diploma in Performing Arts – Natal Technikon (1993)
  • Matric Exemption – Convent High School, Dbn (1989)


  • FNB Vita Award nomination for Best Original Script for A Coloured Place (1998)
  • Most Outstanding Student Trophy – Playhouse Co.Arts Management Course (1996)
  • 12 Distinctions, 3 Merit Certificates for Academic Achievement and 3 Student Bursaries from Technikon Natal (1991-1993)
  • Edna Mc Chanik Award – SA Society of University Women (1992)
  • Mavis Wayne Cup for Outstanding Dramatic Performance – Convent High (1989)
  • 1st Class Certificate – Speech & Drama Assoc. of SA (1988)

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