Lebohang Masango is a PhD candidate and earned a Master of Arts degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is also an award-winning author and a poet. She has co-authored Grow to Be Great: Awesome African Achievers (Sifiso Publishers, 2020) with Dr Judy Dlamini, the Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, and Mpumi and Jabu’s Magical Day (David Philip, 2020) with Professor Claudine Storbeck, the Director for the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the award-winning author of children’s book, Mpumi’s Magic Beads (David Philip, 2018), which is available in all 11 of South Africa’s official languages. The book has been awarded a gold Pendoring Advertising Award in the Publication Design – Whole Design category (2020), the South African Literary Award for Children’s Literature (2019), the Exclusive Books IBBY SA Award for Best Writer (2019) and the South African Independent Publishers Award for Children’s Books (2018). She has also written The Great Cake Contest as part of the voluntary literacy initiative Book Dash in 2018 and co-authored O Šomile, Kolobe Ya Ditšhila for Save the Children NGO in 2020.
As an Anthropologist, Lebohang is published in Connected Lives: Families, Households, Health and Care in Contemporary South Africa, edited by Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Lenore Manderson (HSRC Press, 2020) and Anxious Joburg: The Inner Lives of a Global South City edited by Nicky Falkof and Cobus van Staden (Wits University Press, 2020). She has also briefly lectured at North West University in 2018.
Her poetry is published in Years of Fire and Ash: South African Poems of Decolonisation (Jonathan Ball, 2021) edited by Wamuwi Mbao, To Breathe Into Another Voice: A South African Anthology of Jazz Poetry (Real African Publishers, 2017) edited by Myesha Jenkins and Twelve + One (Botsotso, 2014) a book of interviews by Mike Alfred. Her poetry, “Ten Thousand Stories” features in MultiChoice/ DStv’s Most Loved Storyteller campaign and has won a gold Mama Africa Award and gold Best Image Promo Award at the Promax Africa Awards 2020. Her poetry also features in Metropolitan’s “Freedom Matters” (2019) video and the Hip Hop song “Endurance” (2015) by Reason alongside the late, HHP. She has read her poetry in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the UK.
Lebohang is the UNICEF Volunteer Program Ambassador and an inaugural Zanele Mbeki Fellow in feminist leadership. With her immense passion for children’s literacy, Lebohang regularly hosts storytelling sessions in schools, bookshops, community libraries and virtually, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. She has also narrated the popular, South African Radio Award nominated audio-documentary What’s Wrong With Groovin’ that aired on Kaya FM from 2019 – 2021 on Sunday afternoons.