Miriam Tlali was a South African novelist. She was the first black woman in South Africa to publish a novel, Muriel at Metropolitan. She was also one of the first to write about Soweto.
Google celebrated her achievements and legacy on Sunday (11 November 2018). DupliNation did not know about her until we saw a Doodle of her on Google.
Today’s #Googledoole in South Africa celebrates Miriam Tlali’s 85th Birthday. She was the first black South African woman to publish a novel. She courageously spoke out against injustice at a time it was almost impossible to do so.
Miriam Tlali was born in Doornfontein, Johannesburg but grew up in Sophiatown.
Her first novel was “Muriel the Metropolitian” published in 1975, although it was speculated that her novel was written in 1969 but not published due to many rejections from publishing companies in South Africa and her second “Amandla”, she also published a list of short stories.
In 1995 Tlali was given by the South African government’s Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology with a Literary Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2008, she then received the Ikhamanga Silver presidential award.