Today’s Google Doodle Honours South African Celebrated Poet Mazisi Kunene At 92

Google continues its tradition of honouring notable figures around the world with a new doodle of celebrated South African poet Mazisi Kunene. 

Born in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal on May 12, 1930, Kunene was an anti-apartheid activist who fought the racist government in power back then through his poems and other avenues. 

Banished from South Africa, he continued his advocacy against the apartheid government, seeing that the movement spread from Africa to Europe. 

He especially stands out for his poem “Emperor Shake The Great.” 

Kunene’s adventures into the world of poetry began when he was a youngster. He wrote poems and short stories at a very young age and published them when he was just 11 years old.

To further cement his understanding of the arts, including poetry, he attended the University of California in Los Angeles, where he obtained a degree. He also received degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

Kunene died in Durban in 2006, so he’s not alive to see himself honoured by Google. All the same, his compatriots are happy to see him as the doodle for today, and they have been celebrating the milestone. You can check out the doodle below. 

By the way, he isn’t the first South African to be so honoured.

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