Phumlani Pikoli Biography – Phumlani Pikoli Wiki
Phumlani Pikoli was a Zimbabwean-born South African journalist writer and multidisciplinary artist. Pikoli’s debut book, was The Fatuous State of Severity, whilst recuperating from a depressive episode at a psychiatric clinic. The book contains a collection of short stories and drawings. He published the book in 2016, the book was later republished by Pan Macmillan.
Pikoli’s debut novel, Born Freeloaders, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2019. The novel’s title is a play on a common South African slang term, “Born Frees”, which is used to describe the first generation born after the end of Apartheid. He described the book as exploring “assimilation and colonial takeover” amongst the young black middle class in democratic South Africa. In 2020, The book won the K. Sello Duiker Memorial Prize for a debut novel at the South African Literary Awards.
Pikoli also worked as a multimedia artist in theatre and film. He played a major role in Carla Fonseca’s play The Same Pain at the Soweto Theatre.
Pikoli released a multimedia exhibition based on The Fatuous State of Severity at Johannesburg’s TMRW Gallery and was developing Born Freeloaders into a film with Diprente Films. On 11 April 2021. Pikoli’s body was discovered by his parents after he went silent on 9 April 2021. The artist was found dead at an apartment in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Phumlani Pikoli Age
He was born in 1988, in Zimbabwe. Pikoli died on 11 April 2021, at the age of 33 years.
Phumlani Pikoli Parents
He was the son of Vusi Pikoli and Girlie. His father is a South African advocate and the former head of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority. Vusi Pikoli is well known for instigating criminal charges against disgraced South African police commissioner Jackie Selebi and ANC president Jacob Zuma. In the past, he worked in the private legal profession but became Special Advisor to the Minister of Justice in 1994.
Phumlani Pikoli Death
Pikoli died on 11 April 2021. Pikoli’s body was discovered by his parents after he went silent on 9 April 2021. The artist was found dead at an apartment in Johannesburg. Pikoli’s cause of death is unclear.