Malebo Sephodi's Miss Behave wins debut literary prize
Malebo Sephodi has won the South African First-Time Published Author Award for Miss Behave.
An activist and writer who takes special interest in gender, development, science and economics in Africa, Malebo is known as ‘Lioness’ and is the founder of Lady Leader, a platform for black women.
She has been listed by Okay Africa as top 100 women in Africa 2018 and Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young People 2018. She is the recipient of the Fabulous Woman Brave Award 2018 and Gauteng Legislature Vita Basadi Award (Runner Up).
She is a Wits City Institute Mellon Fellow and recipient of the Wits University Walter and Albertina Sisulu Prize. Her research interests include: Gender, Human Rights, Africa’s Economy and Human Development, and the Hegemony of Science.
Her debut non-fiction titled Miss Behave published by BlackBird Books (imprint of Jacana Media) was released in May 2017. Dubbed by many readers as “compulsory reading”, Miss Behave tracks Sephodi’s journey as a Black Woman in South Africa fighting for autonomy over her life. She addresses issues such as Patriarchy, Sexism, Intersectionality, Body positivity and Economic Quotas.
With over six years' corporate and over 20 years’ community development experience, Malebo has worked and spoken in various parts of Africa, Europe and the Americas. She has worked with many schools, NGOs and the private sector tackling numerous socio-economic projects.
She is in the process of writing her second book which will be launched early 2019.