Jabavu, Helen Nontando (Noni)

About Helen Nontando (Noni) Jabavu

Biography (South African History Online)

Makhosazana, Xaba. “On Noni Jabavu and the Return Home—Makhosazana Xaba Celebrates one of South Africa’s Foundational Literary Centenarians.” The Johannesburg Review of Books, 5 Aug. 2019

"Three Female Pioneers of South African Journalism." Brand South Africa, 18 Aug. 2017

Masola, Athambile. “Reading Noni Jabavu in 2017.” Mail&Guardian, 10 Aug. 2017

“New Strand Editor – Pick South African Woman to Revive Britain’s 'Most Popular' Magazine.” Ebony, 1962



Sommer, Joseph A. “The Ochre People.” America, vol. 110, no. 17, 1964



Utechin, Nicholas. “The New Strand, 1961-1963: A Brave Attempt.” The Baker Street Journal, vol. 69, no. 3, 2019

Makhosazana, Xaba. “Noni Jabavu: A Peripatetic Writer Ahead of Her Times.” Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, vol. 46, no. 1, 2009

Ayivor, Kwame. “Individualism versus Traditionalism in Four African Novels: Noni Jabavu, Es'kia Mphahlele, Ferdinand Oyono and Kofi Awoonor.” Pretexts, vol. 8, no. 1, 1999

Lenta, Margaret. “Ethnicity and Hybridity: Noni Jabavu Writes against Apartheid.” Literature of Region and Nation: Proceedings of the 6th International Literature of Region and Nation Conference, 2-7 August 1996, Bogaards (ed.), 1996

Deck, Alice A. “Autoethnography: Zora Neale Hurston, Noni Jabavu, and Cross-Disciplinary Discourse.” Black American Literature Forum, vol. 24, no. 2, 1990



Autobiography/Life Writing

The Ochre People (1963)

Drawn in Colour: African Contrasts (1960)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Short Documentary with Interview Segments, Vimeo, 31 Jan. 2013