Prof Abednego Mandla Maphumulo
Professor Maphumulo received his primary education in Zululand, and studied at the University of Zululand. He obtained his M.A. at UNISA in 1994 with his dissertation ‘A survey of traditional and modern forms of courtship with special reference to their enrichment of the Zulu language’. In 2001 he obtained D.Litt. et Phil. (African Languages) at UNISA with his thesis ‘A study of DBZ Ntuli’s radio trilogy: Isivumelwano, Isivumelwano Esisha and Ngenxa Yesivumelwano’. His has extensive knowledge of Modern and Traditional Literature, Lexicography, Terminography, Semantics, Phonetics and Phonology and Onomastics. He is a member of various language and cultural bodies, namely IsiZulu National Language Body (Umzukazwe), Usiba Writers Guild, SAFOS, ALASA, NSA, CSSALL and LITERATOR, and freelanced for UKHOZI FM. He has supervised Honours, Masters and Doctoral students, served in various school and faculty committees at universities as well as in language and cultural bodies. He has acted as a reader and evaluator for unpublished manuscripts for various publishers, delivered and published academic papers, a number of literary works and has won a number of literary awards.