Lebohang Masango, 28
Lebohang Masango is a Master’s candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is also the author of children’s book, Mpumi’s Magic Beads (David Philip Publishers, 2018), a poet and a freelance writer working in service of her feminist politics. She is currently part of the Well Sexuality study; a group of scholars and artists investigating notions of sexuality among the youth of Johannesburg. Her book is currently being translated into all of South Africa’s official languages and will be available soon. She regularly hosts storytelling sessions for children in schools and community libraries. Lebohang has been published in Mike Alfred’s Twelve + One (Botsotso, 2014) a poetry anthology of Johannesburg poets and To Breathe Into Another Voice (Real African Publishers, 2017), a Jazz poetry anthology edited by Myesha Jenkins. She hosts the Word N Sound Poetry League, a monthly open mic challenge aimed at developing young poets in Johannesburg. She has read her poetry in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the UK. Lebohang regularly writes for Rookie, an American website for teen girls, and has been commissioned by various publications to write about issues regarding literacy and feminism. A range of media platforms including news publications, magazines, television shows and radio programmes have covered her literary and academic work.
Fun Fact: I served as the ambassador for the ZAZI: Know Your Strength campaign; a programme centered on young women’s sexual health.