Nokugcina Elsie Mhlophe (born 1958) is a well-known South African freedom fighter, activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author. Storytelling is a deeply traditional activity in Africa and Mhlophe is one of the few woman storytellers in a country dominated by males. She does her most important work through charismatic performances, working to preserve storytelling as a means of keeping history alive and encouraging South African children to read. She tells her stories in four of South Africa’s languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa.
Nozincwadi was conceived as a tribute to reading and writing in South Africa and has travelled to the most remote areas of the country and promote reading and inspire future young writers.
The story of Nozincwadi is such that young and old people will be drawn in and the book packages given away during this ongoing “reading road show” have books for children, young adults as well as recently literate adults.
The Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust (GAHT) is founded on the success of its founding member, actress and story-teller, Gcina Mhlophe. The (GAHT) is committed to enhancing the culture of reading, providing writing and story-creation opportunities and promoting African writers and the heritage of story-telling within the education institutions (especially those who have poor access to resources) and in the public arena of South Africa through its Edutainment programme.