Hlumelo Biko is the son of the famous late Steve Biko, an iconic struggle fighter and a champion of African black consciousness leader. His son was born after his death since the mother discovered that he was murdered when she was 5 months pregnant.
Hlumelo means the shoot of a tree. His mother, Mamphela Ramphele, gave him the symbolic Xhosa name as a way of honouring Biko senior.
Hlumelo Biko profile summary
- Date of birth: January 1978
- Age: 41 years
- Place of birth: King William's Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa
- Profession: Businessman and investment banker
- Marital status: married to Sandisiwe Biko
Hlumelo Biko biography
Many may know about Steve Biko biography considering the role he played in the black African leadership in South Africa. Biko was an inspiration to many at a time when it was not easy being a black leader in Africa. He championed for the rights of the black man even at the expense of his own life. The great leader left behind a son, whom he was not fortunate enough to meet, Hlumelo Biko.
Hlumelo Biko did not meet his father. Even so, not so many people did not know who his father was. Steve Bantu Biko was a South African Activist in the heart of Anti-apartheid campaigns, the Black Consciousness Movement in the 60s and 70s. Hlumelo's mother, Mamphela Ramphele discovered that Biko was killed in police custody when she was 5 months pregnant with Hlumelo.
Hlumelo had an elder brother by the name Lerato Biko. He was born in 1974 when the father was still alive. However, he died at 2 months from complications after suffering from pneumonia. It was alleged that Hlumelo's mother had an affair with Steve Biko. His father was married to Ntsiki Mashalaba. This means that Hlumelo has other step-siblings from the father's marriage. They are Samora Biko, Nkosinathi Biko and Motlatsi Biko.
Hlumelo is a well-read and learned individual. Just like his father and mother who met at the university, he attended university. He is a degree holder of a B.A. in History and Politics which he obtained from the University of Cape Town. He also furthered his education pursuing a Masters of Science in International Business-Government Relationships from Georgetown University.
Wife, marriage and wedding
Hlumelo got married to Sandisiwe Biko. The two were married in what appeared to a colourfully lavish wedding in 2016. Their garden wedding was phenomenal and something to be envious of. It looked very expensive too. They wedded in Stellenbosch.
Unfortunately, a few months down the line, Sandisiwe had to drag her husband to the courts with the allegation of domestic violence. He was arraigned in court on January 2018 to answer to the charges of assaulting his wife with the intention of causing harm and inflicting pain. Sandisiwe had reported her husband at the Camps Bay police station, accusing him of domestic violence. The case was however postponed but the lawyer said that the accused intended to plead not guilty at the next hearing. Biko was dismissed with a warning.
The case was later to be solved out of court by Sandisiwe changed her mind, prompting a court case.
Hlumelo is a renowned businessperson. While he is well-known for his philanthropic work, he started his career in the business world. He is the current chairman of Baxter theatre, an initiative that supports the building of small and medium enterprises. He also serves a board member in Endeavor which offers mentorship to high numbers of South African entrepreneurs. He has a major focus on education through initiatives that encourage community group projects.
He owns a company named Circle Food Group which is led by his colleague and a friend by the name Clive Rugara. He co-founded an investment company called Circle Capital, together with Ramphele, in 2005.
He also has a book titled Africa Reimagined: Reclaiming a sense of abundance and prosperity. In the book, he tries to explain his dream for an Africa that he wants to live in. Here, you will see the political history that still affects some things today. This is one of the ways that the son of Biko shows his true identity as he follows in his father's footsteps. We may know a lot of famous Steve Biko books today including the one he wrote himself titled 'I like what I like'. Apart from it, there are many other books about him that you may be interested in. These include:
- The Testimony of Steve Biko by Millard W. Arnold.
- Biko: A biography by Donald Woods.
- No. 46- Steve Biko by Hilda Bernstein.
One way or another, these books explained the life of the icon with some attempting to describe the circumstances that surrounded his demise. If you read some of the biographies, you will get understand his final moments. One of the books describes how lifeless Steve Biko body became on the night of his death. 'Biko' is a biography that explains how he was left on the floor unattended even after being injected by a newly qualified doctor. You can only understand some of the injustices that happened back then if you read the books.
Hlumelo Biko net worth
It is sometimes difficult to talk about son without mentioning father, especially in the case of someone like Hlumelo. The businessman has a significant net worth considering his business success.
Hlumelo Biko may be the son of Steve Biko but he also has made a name for himself. He is especially known for his work in philanthropy in addition to being a serious businessman in South Africa.
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