Ayanda ka Nobakabona, a playwright from the Zwelitsha informal settlement in Cape Town, has won multiple awards at the prestigious Zabalaza Theatre Festival for his play, “Tiro’s Toughloop Testimony.” The play, based on the life of anti-apartheid activist Onkgopotse Tiro, earned awards for Best Script, Best Actor, and the Finest of the Festival award, shared with “Oorwinnings Reis” and “Lamentations.” Ka Nobakabona’s work is a moving testimony to the power of art to educate and preserve history.
From Two-room Shack to Prestigious Theatre Festival
Ka Nobakabona’s journey to the Zabalaza Theatre Festival is a story of triumph over adversity. He lives in a two-room shack without electricity or running water, yet his play won three prestigious awards at the festival. His success is an example of how art can transform lives and communities. In Ka Nobakabona’s case, his work is a testament to the power of education through art. “As much as art entertains, the main objective is education. Yes, you have people who do art for entertainment and commercial purposes, but years later, that art is dead. But when you shift into education, you can impact someone’s life,” he says.
Ka Nobakabona’s play is not just a tribute to Tiro’s life but also a reflection on the power of education. The play challenges conventional ideas about education by demonstrating how it can be a tool for liberation. The story of Tiro’s life is a reminder of how education can be a means of empowerment and social change.
A Thought-provoking Play that Challenges Conventional Ideas of Education
Ka Nobakabona’s play is a thought-provoking work that challenges conventional ideas about education. The play is based on Tiro’s speech in 1972 while attending the University of the North before he was killed in exile in Botswana. The play examines Tiro’s journey from growing up to his sudden death in exile. The play is directed by Mfundo Zono, who has 17 years of experience in the performing arts. Zono praises the play’s thought-provoking nature and writing that challenges conventional ideas about education.
Ka Nobakabona’s play is a tribute to the power of art to educate and preserve history. As he plans to tour the play to other festivals and take it to Johannesburg, the story of Tiro’s life will continue to impact people’s lives, especially young people. Ka Nobakabona’s work is a reminder of the power of education through art and the importance of preserving history through storytelling.