Malika Ndlovu

About Malika Ndlovu

Malika Ndlovu’s words and productions have appeared on pages and stages across South Africa and in Austria, Uganda, USA, UK, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Ethiopia, India and the Philippines. As a poet, playwright, performer and arts project manager, Malika’s contribution to South African arts and culture, via writing groups, numerous workshops, festivals and mentorship spans over 25 years.


Since 2007 she has been the project manager and guest curator/presenter of the Africa Centre’s Badilisha Poetry X-Change and later –  the first ever Africa-focused poetry podcasting platform.


As a founder member of the Cape Town based women writers’ collective WEAVE (1998 – 2004), she co-edited WEAVE’s Ink @ Boiling Point: A selection of 21st Century Black Women’s writing from the Southern Tip of Africa. In 2004 she initiated “And The Word Was Woman” Ensemble. Her poetry collections include “Born in Africa But” (1999) “Womb to World: A Labour of Love” (2001), “Truth is both Spirit and Flesh” (2008), “Invisible Earthquake: a Woman’s Journal through Stillbirth” (2009) and “Close” (2017).  Her published plays are “A Coloured Place” (1998) and “Sister Breyani” (2010). She features prominently in “Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets”, 2000 – 2018  (UKZN Press, 2019) edited by Makhosazana Xaba.


Motivated by her lifelong personal mantra: healing through creativity, Malika joined the Arts in Psychosocial Support CoP (community of practice) in late 2019; a national network of arts therapists, applied artists and community arts facilitators. Currently she is on their 2020/21 international research project team, mapping the arts in relation to the health and wellness of SA youth and children. Malika’s next poetry collection “Grief Seed” will be published in early 2022.