IsiXhosa Storytelling Explosion 1

This edition of the National Arts Festival sees renowned storyteller and language activist, Madoda Ndlakuse, sharing stories in isiXhosa. He will also be reading aloud stories and poems from both his recently published books, ‘lingcinga Zendoda’ (a collection of isiXhosa poetry) and ‘Mhla latsh’ IBhayi’ (a collection of isiXhosa short stories). There will be a Q&A session to wrap up the programme with the author himself.

There will be limited copies of both books available for purchase.

  • Ticket Price: R50.00
  • Genre: Other
  • Duration (minutes): 60mins
  • Release Date: July 17, 2021 00:01 - July 31, 2021 23:59



Izinwe Concepts
Write on Publishing (Publisher)
Mzoli Mavimbela (Editor)


Before the world dubbed him as Dopla the storyteller Madoda Ndlakuse is a multi-talented proud father of two daughters. He was born in the notorious dusty streets of Mdantsane in East London, Eastern Cape. Due to circumstances that one will read about in his autobiography should he decide to publish it he lived in different places. He lived in King Williams Town, deepest rural areas of Ngqamakhwe where he became a chorista and choir conductor. His Mdantsane aura never escaped him because he became famous for his Pantsula moves while still in Ngqamakhwe. He moved to Port Elizabeth in grade 10 and his English teacher inspired him to write poetry. The streets of Njoli, Kwazakhele, Mdantsane still echoes his famous poem titled “uNosipho” which articulate the notorious life of PE central. Dopla the storyteller as popular known showed interest in literature at a very young age. Mr Ndlakiuse has been involved in literature and literacy development since early 2000s, he played a major role in the arts development not only in Port Elizabeth where he is currently based but in the entire Eastern Cape province. His ethical work speaks volumes and here is short summary of his involvement in the art, culture, literature, literacy and language development:
• 2003: Co-Founder of Spoken Word Art Movement@Vista University now NMU Missionvale Campus
• 2004: Guest Poet and Student at Mzi Mahola’s Creative Writing Workshops -Zwide Library, P.E
• 2007-2008: Creative Writing & Drama Workshops around Nelson Mandela Bay
• 2012: Facilitator of Poetry Workshop for High Schools with Ntsika Tyatya and Wesley Pepper (National Book Week), Red Location Museum.
• 2013: Help organised, curated, perfomed and hosed the successful Mandela Bay Book Fair with writers like Niq Mhlongo, Lesego Rampolokeng, Don Mattera, Jessica Mbangeni, Vonani Bila etc
• 2014: Founded, Conceptualised and directed the Eastern Cape Book Festival 2014.
• 2015: Published poetry with Jacana Media’s SOL PLAATJE EUROPEAN UNION POETRY ANTHOLOGY.
• 2016: Written and published my first children’s Story book entitled ‘Umtshato weNtlanzi neNkukhu’
• 2016: Conducted Literacy Development Workshop for Student Leaders at Indibano Conference organised by Nelson Mandela Institute for Rural Development and Education.
• 2016-2018: Conducted Literacy Development trainings and Poetry Workshops in Grahamstown, P.E, Uitenhage, Pearston, Bizana, Sttutterheim etc
• 2016-2018 Published online by BADILISHA Poetry while also serving as their Talent Scout in EC
• 2016-2018: Perfomed Storytelling at Puku Storytelling Festival alongside Dr Gcina Mhlophe, Dr Sindiwe Magona, Nompucuko Zakaza, Charmaine Mrwebi, Babalwa Kona etc
• 2016-2018: Presented Programs at various Conferences and Festivals like Litasa, Karoo Literary Fest, Grahamstown Arts Fest, Wordfest, Litfest, Mandela Bay Book Fair, Mandela Bay Cultural Festival, Bizana Literacy Week, National Book Week and most recently did a Storytelling performance in Durban at the NOZINCWADI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL organised by Gcinamasiko Heritage.
• 2016 until now- Been a frequent interviewee at SABC Umhlobo Wenene Fm with regards to literacy development issues.
• -Contributing writer at Life Righting Collective publication This is how it is (Before the dog & One SHUSHU Day )2017-2018
• -Currently doing National Diploma in Early Childhood Development at Rhodes University
• -Part of National Book Week storytellers for their EC IsiXhosa Literacy Festival (2019) &
• Headlined National Book Week – online storytelling sessions during 2020 Covid-19 Lockdown.
• On the 22 February 2021 -he is releasing his two new isiXhosa books – a poetry collection called Iingcinga Zendoda & Short story collection entitled Mhla latsh’ iBhayi
From the aforementioned achievements and involvements Mr Ndlakuse remain committed to change the literacy and literature landscapes in the Eastern Cape, his unchanged love for isiXhosa language and other languages proves his rooted passion of language development. His love for children and child development is unmatched, those who follow him on social media can’t help but love and admirer the relationship between Dopla the storyteller and his daughters Onez and Mila. His facebook timeline is filled with short stories, literature work and opportunities and the famous Onez/ Dopla short well written entertaining stories. The ultimate goal for this language practitioner is to build Early childhood development centre and host Mandela Bay Storytelling festival.