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South Africa: Phumlani Pikoli Wins K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award for Debut Novel

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Multidisciplinary artist Phumlani Pikoli scooped the award this weekend for his coming-of-age novel Born Freeloaders.

Phumlani Pikoli has won this year’s K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award for his debut novel Born Freeloaders. The result was announced during a virtual ceremony at the South African Literary Awards on Saturday, 7 November 2020.

“This honour is bestowed on first-time novelists who are 40 and under,” read a press release on Pikoli’s win.

Phumlani Pikoli at the launch of his debut novel. (Photo: Andiswa Mkosi)

Born Freeloaders, first published in 2019, is a coming-of-age story that explores the life of drinking, parties and other reckless behaviours of teens born on the cusp of democracy, while capturing a profoundly political and cultural moment in Pretoria and South Africa’s history.

In a review of the book, Journalist Phumlani S Langa writes: “The author explores the layout of our cities in a way that distinguishes those who can best access space in such a carefree way, exploring concepts of freedom, privilege and space through an engaging storytelling form, not the usual pompous approach of academic writers.”

Pikoli is currently working on a screen adaptation of the novel with Diprente Films, owned by film producer, director…

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