Mongane Wally

Mongane Wally Serote, head judge of the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award is the National Poet Laureate of South Africa. He is a celebrated poet and novelist, and was a member of the ANC arts and culture department in London. A former Umkhonto we Sizwe commander and former Member of Parliament, he is a pioneer of International Knowledge Systems in South Africa, and Ngaka. Serote has been awarded national and international accolades, amongst others the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize (1973); the Noma Award (1993); the English Academy of Southern Africa Medal (2003); the Pablo Neruda Award (2004); the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver awarded by President Thabo Mbeki (2007); the prestigious Golden Wreath Award for Poetry (2012); and the Arts and Culture Trust Lifetime Achievement Award (2016).