Author, Zakes Mda, shares his transitions through his life, from studying in Switzerland to the inspiration behind his latest novel titled Little Suns.
702's Azania Mosaka spoke to the literary giant, who now resides in the United States, regarding his most recent work.
Listen to the conversation below:
My works in general are inter-textual you see. Because they draw from historical texts, from original primary sources and from the oral tradition.— Zakes Mda, author
Mda talks about the importance of his ancestry.
The Amapondonise are ashamed of their ancestors at the time for having allowed her [Mamane] to take over and reign as the king. This Mamane is my great great great grandmother.— Zakes Mda, author
It's a silly idea to say that homosexuality was brought by white people. Homosexuality is as human and historical as any other thing in nature.— Zakes Mda, author
Mda also referred to the Sesotho influence throughout his life, which is reflected in his works.
My upbringing is Sesotho, culturally I am MoSotho although I do speak isiXhosa.— Zakes Mda, author