N’wa Jika The Poet Wins Second Place At The National GOSHA Awards – N'wamitwa Times

N’wa Jika The Poet Wins Second Place At The National GOSHA Awards

N’wa Jika The Poet, a local Xitsonga award-winning Poet won second place among candidates from all nine South African Provinces at the Golden Shield Heritage Awards (GOSHA) 2023.

The prestigious event took place at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on Thursday, 14 September. She clinched the award in the Young Heritage Activist category.


Hlayisani Antonette Shiburi also known by stage name N’wa Jika The Poet, Phyembye Ra Africa. She was born and bred in the dusty streets of Madobi Village under Collins Chabane Municipality in the Vhembe District, Limpopo Province 33 years ago.

N’wa Jika The Poet, as she is affectionately known specialises in Xitsonga Poems. She uses Poetic moves to inspire and uplift the spirit of the young and old.


The year 2023 marks the 10th anniversary of the GOSHA awards, an initiative by the National Heritage Council of South Africa. These awards stand as a preeminent gesture to recognise and reward heritage activists, practitioners, and citizens for their unwavering commitment to the cultural legacy of the nation.

The 31-year-old Shiburi, affectionately known as N’wa Jika The Poet, Phyembye Ra Africa, hails from Madobi village. Her achievement is testament to her relentless dedication to protecting, promoting, and preserving the heritage of South Africa. In recognition of her outstanding contribution, she was presented with a certificate and cash prize of R10,000.

Shiburi possesses a truly unique gift – the ability to weave words into colourfully patterned literature, with verses that captivate and inspire her audience. She is the author of two published books, both approved by the Gauteng Department of Education for inclusion in the South African anthology “Poetic Minds” at secondary level.

Winning second place at the GOSHA awards was a big moment for the poet. “I could not believe it when they called and informed me that I was among the finalists, and taking the second position out of more than a thousand nominees was a major accomplishment for me. I feel honoured. I am grateful to God for blessing me with this gift, and my supporters who played such a big role in my victory. I dedicate this award to the youth from disadvantaged communities. I want them to see that it’s possible, despite where you come from,” she said.

In 2022, Shiburi embarked on an entrepreneurial journey and established her Switirhela Hu Lulama clothing brand, which further showcases her artistic sensibilities and commitment to creating culturally inspired fashion.

Source: Limpopo Mirror

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