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Touched by Biko investigates the lives of key men and women who were part of Biko’s political sphere

Touched by Biko: The interviews by Andile M-Afrika investigates the lives of key men and women who were part of Biko’s political sphere.

It reveals common traits in the lives of the young black thinkers who were university students in the 1960s and 1970s. These interviews offer personal insights on their interactions with Biko, on what Biko meant to each of them and the deep sense of loss they were left with when Biko was killed.

Contributions represent the trends and tendencies of a political generation that Biko led. The interviews reflect a Black Consciousness viewpoint of direct relevance to our current political environment in South Africa. There is a sense of how a part of who Biko was, continues to reside in the minds and the hearts of those who worked closely with him.

The voices brought together are those of

  • Dr Chapman Palweni
  • Dr Goolam “Geez” Abram
  • Dr Saths Cooper
  • Adv Chris Mokoditoa
  • Bokwe Mafuna
  • Prof Ranwedzi Nengwekhulu
  • Bishop Manas Buthelezi
  • Dr Nthato Motlana
  • Sumboornam Moodley
  • Hester Joseph
  • Prof Fatima Meer
  • Mrs Sally Motlana
  • Rev Basil Manning
  • Khaya Biko
  • Sonwabo Yengo
  • Hlaku Rachidi
  • Rev Pat Ncaca
  • Harry Mashabela
  • Duma Ndlovu
  • David Thebehali
  • Dr Ali Mazrui
  • Voti Samela
  • Thabo Ndabeni
  • Zithulele Cindi
  • Nkutsoeu Motsau

Author Andile M-Afrika was born and raised in a small township in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. In Touched by Biko he writes about his memories of Ginsberg, the black township across the Buffalo River from central King William’s Town which was also home to Steve Bantu Biko. In 2011 he published The Eyes That Lit Our Lives.

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