The Pen that Influences: Malebo Sephodi

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Malebo Sephodi is a writer and researcher from South Africa. Malebo has worked and spoken in various regions of Africa, Europe, and the Americas. She has over six years of corporate experience and just over twenty years of community development experience. She has worked on several socioeconomic programs with numerous schools, NGOs, and the commercial sector.

She was included in the lists of Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young People for 2018 and Okay Africa’s Top 100 Women in Africa for 2018. She received the Fabulous Woman Brave Award 2018 and the Vita Basadi Award from the Gauteng Legislature (Runner Up).

She has received the Walter and Albertina Sisulu Prize from Wits University and is a Wits City Institute Mellon Fellow. Gender, human rights, the economy and human development of Africa, and the hegemony of science are some of her research interests.

In May 2017, Miss Behave, her debut nonfiction book, was published by BlackBird Books, a Jacana Media subsidiary. Miss Behave, which many readers refer to as “compulsory reading,” follows Sephodi’s struggle for autonomy over her life as a Black Woman in South Africa.

She talks on topics like economic quotas, body positivity, intersectionality, patriarchy, and sexism. Malebo is now working on her second novel, which will be published in the first quarter of 2019.

Malebo presently works for the Wits University Humanities Faculty as well as the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.

African gender, development, science, and economic issues are of particular concern to Sephodi, an activist and writer. She is the creator of Lady Leader, a space that promotes black women being themselves. 

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