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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Masters in isiXhosa student, Anelisa Thengimfene, has published a book of poems entitled "Amajingiqhiw'entlalo" (the ups and downs of life).

During her honour’s studies, Anelisa came across poems with new themes in a modern poetry module lectured by Professor Linda Kwatsha. After analysing these poems, she felt that she could write her own, in a creative way, and publish her own book.

Her poems live under the themes of dialogic poems, Afrocentric, gender, nostalgia, sign language poetry and interdisciplinary poetry. 

Anelisa, from Ngqamakhwe at Jojweni in the Eastern Cape completed her undergrad studies at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha and at UNISA. She chose isiXhosa as her study option due to her love of writing in the language. Encouraged by her lecturer, she started attending events related to isiXhosa, and has subsequently published two books – a drama book in 2018 and now her book of poems.  

Her desire is to promote the isiXhosa language, thus the continuation of her studies into the Master’s programme.

The rich poems contained in this book will resonate with those who love the isiXhosa language. 

To buy a copy of the book, contact Anelisa at