Neema Ngwatilo Mawiyoo

Neema Ngwatilo Mawiyoo grew up singing in church in Nairobi, Kenya, but it was while at university that Ngwatilo’s relationship with music took a definitive turn. She embarked on a quest for self that took her to Johannesburg, South Africa to study the role of Kwaito music in shaping post-apartheid urban youth identity. There Ngwatilo found the stuff of poems spewing out of impassioned exchanges with friends, thick in the air at a particular Jozi reading, and alone with her on the road between Venda and Johannesburg. There was little to do but hold on.( )


  1. George Odhiambo on May 10th, 2009 9:21 pm

    Ngwatilo am very much impressed by your achievements within the short time you have been in this world.Keep it up lady and mentor as many people as you can.Cheese!

  2. Frankie on November 17th, 2009 8:11 am

    Just heard a couple of poemsbut usisahau got me thinking of how we have forgotten our roots and freedom hard fought for.Ngwatilo great stuff of capturing the pride lost for or home and country…Cheers

  3. Rose Seidman on July 29th, 2010 9:23 am

    I am cataloging you book Blue mothertongue and was wondering if Ngwatilo is your first name or your last name.
    Shoshanah Rose Seidman
    Africana Cataloger
    Northwestern University Library