Nosigidi is the story of a strong-willed elderly Xhosa woman named Nosigidi who has a gift with words. She realises words as harlequins, so that the nicest buzz of an insect yields for her an entire field of images drawn from her own history and the history of her people. The story as narrated in the poem is not chronological. Nosigidi defines her own femininity and her language is defiantly bony. She experiences anew the traumas of her people in moments of private agony. As much as this is Nosigidi’s story, certain topographical facts come from my own background.
Kotaz magazine is a bilingual (isiXhosa/English) writing magazine based in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape. It was first published in 1998, focusing on stories and poems by writers who want to explain the grim nature of life in their own words, using free writing styles and appropriate languages. Kotaz encourages writers and artists to express the horrors of their lives and history freely. The magazine provides a platform for writing, especially from black townships and poor rural areas in South Africa, to be published and read. The current issue of the magazine continues the tradition of publishing powerful stories and poems about the black townships in the isiXhosa stories, “eMadikazi – Thsararaville” by Mpumelelo Cilibe, “Abantu bam”, by Sonwabile Mfecane, and riveting poems by writers like Mpumelelo Matwa, Richman Kungwayo, Wonga Gwele, Mzoli Mavimbela and Nomthandazo Ndinisa.