Portrait of Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang was born in exile to South African parents – a freedom fighter and an accountant – and raised in Zambia, Kenya and Canada before studying in the US as an undergraduate. Her family returned to South Africa after apartheid was abolished in the early 1990s. Sisonke has held fellowships at Yale University, the Aspen Institute and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Daily Maverick and the New York Times. She now lives in Perth, Australia, where she is head of oral storytelling at the Centre for Stories.

Photo: Nick White