Friday marks the 71st anniversary of the death of Benedict Wallet Vilakazi, who was known as the 'Father of Nguni Literature'.
On 26 October 1947, Vilakazi passed away in Johannesburg after losing the battle against meningitis.
Although the then 41-year-old was still young at the time of his death, he achieved a lot in his life and till this day his legacy lives on.
Briefly.co.za learned the literary giant even had a street named after him- the Vilakazi Street in Soweto, where both Madiba and Desmond Tutu once lived.
In Zola 3, Soweto, a high school, Dr B.W. Vilakazi Secondary School, was also named in his honour. A year before his death Vilakazi became the first black South African to obtain a PhD.
The inspirational Zulu figure started out as a teacher after he received a teaching certificate in 1923. He then pursued his passion in literate, becoming one of the most well known Zulu poets of all time.
Two-years-ago, on 28 April, the Order of Ikhamanga - Gold (OIG) awarded the late poet with a Posthumous honours for "his exceptional contribution to the field of literature in indigenous languages and the preservation of isiZulu culture".
Taking to social media, Minister Nathi Mthethwa shared a post in Vilakazi's honour.
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