Throughout the week of 4 to 8 September, National Book Week (NBW) ambassadors travel around the country to speak about the role books have played in their lives. They also join in the NBW activities, read to children and promote the importance of books and reading.
The 2017 Ambassadors are:
Keeno Lee: Keeno Lee is an award-winning actor and musician from Cape Town. He has played many roles for international stations that include CBeebies, National Geographic and Netflix. His stellar local career includes membership of the corporate band The Black Ties, with whom Keeno has opened for Tevin Campbell, Phil Fearon and Brian McKnight.
Stoan Seate:Stoan Seate is a musician, actor, TV presenter and MC who has been an NBW ambassador since 2011. He is widely credited as a pioneer of Setswana/vernacular rap, and in the mid-to-late 1990s worked with Speedy as a founding member of Bongo Maffin, the very popular kwaito band. The team reunited to produce The Second Son Rise, which has been nominated for Metro and SAMA awards.
Stoan is an ambassador for North West Tourism and has recently completed the third Ikgate Motlhala mountain bike ride, visiting schools and speaking to children in underprivileged areas across all the districts of the province. Stoan also works with the UNHCR to highlight the plight of refugees in South Africa. On 1 June 2017 he signed on with the radio station Power 98.7 as host of POWER Fix, a Sunday music show.
Mogau Paulina Motlatswi: Mogau Paulina Motlhatswi was born on July 13, 1997 in Mogoto Village close to Lebowakgomo, Limpopo. She is a South African actress best known for her role as Mapitsi in the SABC1 soap opera Skeem Saam. She landed a role on Skeem Saam in 2011 as Mapitsi Magongwa. In 2014 she had a guest starring role on the SABC1 AIDS drama Soul City.
Bhekisizwe Mahlawe: Bhekisizwe Mahlawe is a versatile and multi talented South African music artist/actor/Tv presenter/songwriter and screenplay writer” In 2002 he wrote a screenplay (Uthisha wam) and a TV content (Mixed). He later participated as a contestant in Jam Alley putting his area in the limelight which turned him into a role model to the youth of his hometown and province. He is currently presenting the kids TV show Rivoningo on SABC 2
Motsoaledi Setumo:Motsoaledi Setumo is a South African radio producer and actress best known for her recurring role as Thabitha Cele (Thabi), a raunchy young lady, on the SABC1 soap opera Generations The Legacy. Motsoaledi Studied media and specialied in radio bradcasting at boston media house from 2011-2013 Her role on Generations The Legacy in June 2015, was her first credited screen acting role.
Zakes Bantwini: Zakes Bantwini, is a South African record producer and musician. In 2009 He featured in Black Coffees album titled Home Brewed in a hit song Juju. The song was nominated in the Record of the Year category at the 16th Annual SA Music Awards. In 2010, Zakes Bantwini released his debut studio album titled Love, Light and Music.It featured hit songs such as Bum Bum, Clap Your Hands. Bantwini has earned four nominations for Best Urban Dance Album, Record of the year Album of the year and Male Artist of the year.
National Book Week Ambassadors 2016
Aaron Moloisi: TV Personality, Aaron Moloisi, is joining NBW once again. Aaron is MoPedi, but also speaks Sesotho, Setswana, isiZulu, isiXhosa, a bit of Xitsonga and Tshivenda. He is the perfect ambassador for NBW.
Refiloe Mpakanyane: The radio personality, Refiloe Mpakanyane, is also staying on board this year. Her proudest achievements have grown to include championing causes close to her heart, such as literacy advocacy. Alongside providing under-resourced schools with reading books for their libraries she is also a NBW ambassador as well as a mentor to a young lady at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
Stoan Seate: A TV personality and artist best known for his part in the highly successful kwaito band, Bongo Maffin, since 1996.
Azania Mosaka: Radio Personality Azania Mosaka is the presenter of the 1pm to 3pm show on 702 and brings her style and charm to early afternoons in Gauteng.
National Book Week Ambassadors 2015
Aaron Moloisi: He is currently a presenter on the SABC Education talk show Shift, on SABC1.
Amaza Ntshanga: Radio Presenter on Umhlobo Wenene.
Brian Ndevu: A radio personality on TruFM.
Cynthia Jele: An award-winning South African author. Her book, Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region and the M-Net film prize at the 2011 M-Net Literary Awards.
Khaya Dlanga: This young author has established himself as one of the most influential individuals in South African media, particularly social media. He also works as the Senior Creative Excellence Manager at Coca-Cola and has been awarded more than 15 advertising awards, including many Loeries, a Gold Cannes Lion, a Black Eagle and honorary membership in the University of the Witwatersrand Chapter’s Golden Key Award.
Lupi Ngcayisa: A philanthropist who started the Lupi Ngcayisa Foundation. It started with a project of asking for a donation of 900 school shoes for a hundred children from each of the nine provinces. At the end of this project, they handed out 16 600 shoes.
Pearl Thusi: A TV presenter who starred on the popular soap opera, Isidingo. She also co-hosted LIVE AMP as well as the SABC 1’s celebrity gossip show, The Real Goboza, with Phat Joe.
Refiloe Mpakanyane: Refiloe Mpakanyane’s love of words has led to her writing for Baobab Literary Journal.
Stoan Seate: A South African kwaito singer, music producer, actor and television presenter.
Zelda Le Grange: The author of Good Morning, Mr Mandela – A memoir of the nineteen years of her life working for Mr Nelson Mandela.