Thomas Mofolo

Thomas Mokopu Mofolo was a Basotho author, best known for his novel 'Chaka', which narrates the life of the Zulu king Shaka. Born on 22 December 1876 in Khojane, Lesotho, Mofolo worked as a teacher and later as a translator. His work is considered pioneering in African literature, particularly within Lesotho, and he wrote in Sesotho. Mofolo's contributions to literature have been influential in shaping African literary history. He passed away on 8 September 1948.


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  1. 1. Chaka

    This novel explores the life of Chaka, a legendary leader in Southern Africa who turns into a tyrant due to his insatiable thirst for power. The narrative focuses on his rise to power, his strategic military genius which leads to the expansion of the Zulu Empire, and his eventual downfall due to his increasing brutality and madness. The story is a blend of historical fact and folklore, creating a complex portrait of a man driven by ambition and consumed by his own power.

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