Here are 5 Facts about Award winning and talented creative Philani A Nyoni. Did you Know?
1. He Is often compared to Dambudzo Marechera. What similarities exist? Both attained recognition early, became award-winning authors at 23. Both write Poetry, Prose and Drama. In prose both writers have heavy reliance and a stream of consciousness is evident. Commenting on this Philani said, “I have done things Marechera would never do in two lifetimes; but the things he did I wouldn’t do in the same period. We are similar but not alike.”
2. Was never officially shortlisted for the Yvonne Vera Award, although he was called to the shortlist workshop in 2013, Noviolet liked his work and recommended him for the Caine Prize for African Writing Workshop as one of the 12 handpicked writers from across the continent. At 24 he was the youngest participant in the workshop.
His New book is likely to set a new Record upon release in March 2016.
3. His short story written at the workshop foreshadows his upcoming book. In ‘The Sonneteer’, the character has matched Shakespeare’s sonnets. At 26 PAN doubled the mark and claimed a World Record. His book is likely to set a new Record upon release in March 2016.
“I have done things Marechera would never do in two lifetimes; but the things he did I wouldn’t do in the same period. We are similar but not alike.”
4. Was introduced to Spoken Word in 2009 at the Book Cafe where he first met Shoes Lambada and Chirikure Chirikure. He developed his technique in Johannesburg and credits Lazarus Mathebula, Donald ‘Neosapien’ Mogale and Mlindelwa Mahlangu for mentoring him well.
At 24 he was the youngest participant in the workshop.
5. Credits Lenni Mdawini Sibanda with introducing him to film on a ractical level. His first major role was being Nkosana Dube, the lead role in Lenni Mdawini Sibanda’s first feature film: ‘Qiniso’ and was nominated for an Outstanding Actor Award at NAMA 2015.
He was the cinematographer for Lenni’s 2016 NAMA winning short film, ‘Jane The Ghost’, he also wrote and ‘performed’ the poetry used in the film’s narration, backed by the vocals of Mthokozisi Msipa of accapella maintsay Powerhouse.
He Has never spoken to accept an award.