Zibusiso Mpofu

Zibusiso Mpofu is a Zimbabwean writer and entrepreneur. He is the winner of the 2022 Brunel African Poetry Prize and he was shortlisted for the Intwasa Short Story Competition (2021) for his story Culo and the Witch. He was long listed for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Prize (2018) and his short story The Healeris forthcoming from A Long House Journal (2022). His work has been published on Brittle Paper, Her Zimbabwe and elsewhere. His writing is an act of weaving the dark effects of trauma and memory into light and healing. He dreams of making Afro-futuristic films exploring the continent’s hidden histories. Aside from writing, Zibusiso spends his days crafting identities and frameworks for future-facing brands that want to transform their business models and impact the communities they serve in an effort to build a better future for the world in which we live.

“‘We have to ask the ancestors to open the way.’ We knelt on the muddy ground and she sprinkled black snuff, speaking in low tones. When she was done we cupped our hands and clapped. Bongi and Tembi ululated.”