Pule Lechesa and Charmaine Mwerbi are among some of the literature connoisseurs who will be paying homage to literary legend, Moalosi Jacob “Flaxman” Qoopane (1955-2017), known as “the father of literature and arts” in Mangaung. Qoopane was a literary activist and internationally recognised author, poet, journalist and biographer. He also served as a contributor to Courant.
Qoopane passed away on 22 November 2017, leaving a huge gap in Mangaung and the country’s literature world.
Speaking on his death, poet, storyteller and artist, Charmaine Kolwane-Mrwebi, said: “He had been selfless in paving the way for writers in Bloemfontein. He is one of the oldest writers who wrote in an era when black people could not publish. We have learned from him as a writer and will take the literature torch on his behalf and continue to promote our own stories and grow our own literature in his memory.”
Qoopane used his skills and influence to educate and uplift his community by making his wealth of resources available to adults and children through his backyard library and literary gallery. His literary gallery features profiles of celebrated local writers which he created from an extensive and well-preserved collection of newspaper and magazine clippings. It is a tribute to the South African writers and journalists of which Qoopane was very proud.
The tribute will be held on Thursday, 12 July 2018 at the National Afrikaans Literature Museum (Naaln) at 14:00. It will be presented in both English and Sesotho. Tickets are R25 and available at Computicket.
This tribute will include a reading from his books and those written about him, as well as an audio-visual exhibition focused on the Qoopane Literary Gallery.