Sanelisiwe Ntuli (South Africa)

Sanelisiwe Ntuli is a poet, storyteller and writer from Mpumalanga Township in Hammarsdale. She registered for a Bachelor of Science degree through UNISA, but passionate about languages, she is soon to register for a degree in this field.

In a quest to popularise the art form and tradition of storytelling, Ntuli has been under the mentorship of internationally renowned South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe. She is also the founder of Funda Ubhale Project, an initiative geared at developing literacy in disadvantaged schools in KwaZulu-Natal and surrounding areas. Through the poetry, book-reading and storytelling clubs that form this project, Ntuli aims to create awareness among the youth around the importance of reading and writing.

Passionate about African culture, Ntuli performs her work in traditional attire and includes indigenous music. Her performances are interactive and she also makes use of props and percussions to create certain sound effects.

Ntuli has played the role of ‘Narrator’ in the stage production EzakwaZulu at the Stable Theatre in Durban and the role of ‘Masidade’ in the production Umuthi at the Winston Churchill Theatre in Pietermaritzburg. 

Ntuli has been involved in numerous events, including the National Book Week at Africa Museum in 2011, the Mnambithi Literacy Festival and the Splashy Fen Festival, where she performed alongside legendary musician, Madala Kunene. Together with her various performances at school shows, Ntuli was also a storyteller in the SABC Education/Ukhozi FM programme, Vukani and featured as a guest storyteller on the SABC 2 educational show, Rivoningo. She has appeared in various festivals, including the Celebrate Durban Storytelling Festival, KweSukela International Storytelling Festival and the Arts and Culture Festival in 2011.