Nokugcina Elsie Mhlophe is a well-known South African freedom fighter, activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author. Storytelling is a deeply traditional activity in Africa and Mlophe is one of a few woman storytellers. Through charismatic performances, she does important work in helping to preserve storytelling, to keep history alive and to encourage South African children to read. She tells her stories in four of South Africa’s languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa. She has toured the world with her storytelling performances and workshops, and has received many awards for preserving the art and heritage of African storytelling.



  • March 21: International Storytalk: Storytelling and Social Change at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (12:00 – 1:15 PM)
  • March 22: Stories Without Borders – South African Folktales at Jane Sheppard Library (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM)
  • March 22: Stories and Music from Southern Africa at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM)
  • March 23: Storytellers Camp Afternoon Workshop at CSI Annex
  • March 23: ROM Spring Fridays at Royal Ontario Museum (5:00 PM–8:30 PM)
  • March 24: Storytellers in Concert at Artscape Wychwood Barns (7:30 PM – 10:30 PM)