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Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje was born in 1876 and died in 1932. A Motswana, he was at various times court interpreter, diarist, journalist, newspaper editor, author, translator, and was a leading spokesman for black rights. He was one of the founders of the African National Congress in 1912 and its first General Secretary.
Sabata-mpho Mokae is an academic and writer and teaches Creative Writing at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley. He writes in both Setswana and in English. He is the author of The Story of Sol T. Plaatje (SPET, 2010) and the prize-winning novels Ga ke Modisa (Oxford University Press, 2012), Dikeledi (Oxford University Press, 2014). His latest novel, Moletlo wa Manong (Xarra Books, 2018), won the South African Literary Award in 2019.
Brian Willan is an Extraordinary Professor at Sol Plaatje University and North West University, and Senior Research Associate, Rhodes University. He has written extensively on the life and work of Sol Plaatje. His most recent book, Sol Plaatje: a life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932 (Jacana, 2018), won an award for non-fiction (biography) from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2020.
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