Unisa Press

Touched by Biko

Author: Andile M-Afrika
Published: March 07, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-86888-829-0
Number of pages: 121
Prices: R 277.41 | $ 25 | £ 19 | € 20

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About the book

This is a political memoir of life in a rural South African township - with Andile M-Afrika weaving a creative narrative about events surrounding this country’s struggle history, where Steve Bantu Biko played a pivotal role.

 Andile M-Afrika’s memoir delves deep into his personal encounters with people, political events and day-to-day life in rural King Williamstown, Eastern Cape. What speaks volumes, are the pervasive echoes of Biko’s presence, on those who shared life in this historic village.

M-Afrika’s insider’s account about the everyday turmoil of life in the village of struggle icon Steve Bantu Biko leaves readers with a vibrant, accurately drawn impression of events which flowed through the village. Author Andile M-Afrika lived just across the street from Biko, and takes us on a highly personal journey.

About the 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. This is his second book. In 2011 he published The Eyes That Lit Our Lives – A Tribute to Steve Biko. M-Afrika is currently pursuing further studies at Rhodes University as a PhD student and working on another memorial tract in honour of Steve Biko. 

The book is filled with direct references to specific buildings and events specific to the area and the time.

This highly engaging narrative will be enjoyed by readers ranging from mid-high school to adult readers, with an interest in the South African struggle history.