Koleka Putuma studied Theatre and Performance at UCT, and it was there that she developed her passion for poetry.

She won the PEN South Africa student writing award for her poem ‘Water’, and was recognised by the Sunday Times as the one to watch in 2015.

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Along with the poet’s accomplishments, she has inspired African youth to embrace dualities and to celebrate and remember the trials of our African youth.

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