“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” John D Rockefeller.

To be a multi-hyphenate in the arts and entertainment industry requires one to be a disrupter of what can be termed the norm for an artist. Breaking the barriers of what the limits look like for an artist. I am paving a way that is unique in television, theatre, film and the academy as a practitioner in the industry and an active scholar. I am creating multimodal work that is important for documenting and making sure that posterity is plagued with black history epistemology in the arts and entertainment sector.


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Sibusisiwe Gugu Manqele wears many caps in the arts and entertainment industry. The 32-year-old writes scripts for television and is a sought-after voiceover artist on TV and radio and directs plays.She also writes papers on pressing matters related to her research in the arts and entertainment field, which she presents locally and internationally. And she writes and produces her own independent projects. Sibusisiwe’s screen credits includes writing for Gomora seasons one and two, House of Zwide season one, Umkhokha season two, and SABC 1’s educational drama series: Skeem Saam season 11. She also independently produced a short film, Questions, which was screened in Paris at the Communicating Multi-Modally: Research & Expressive Culture in May 2022. She had a lead role on Intersexions 2 in 2013, and a feature role in Saints and Sinners 1 on Mzansi Magic. Her current research project includes a documentary film that will create employment opportunities for women as well as an innovative project that looks at social cohesion in the entertainment industry. She was the keynote speaker at the inaugural annual Gibson Kente Lecture. Sibusisiwe has a valuable array of interests and skills that will pave the way for more young people in the academy and entertainment industry. Sibusisiwe lives by John D Rockefeller’s words: “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” Her multimodal work is innovative and sets her apart as a visionary in her field.

PhD candidate in English studies with a focus on film and cultural studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal
MA in film and television (screenwriting), University of the Witwatersrand
Honours in creative writing, University of the Witwatersrand
BA in dramatic arts (honours equivalent, University of the Witwatersrand

  • Keynote speaker at the inaugural annual Gibson Kente Lecture. 
  • Presenting The Questions project. 
  • Communicating Multi-Modally: Research & Expressive Culture, Paris, American University of Paris
  • Writing fellowship at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study, University of Johannesburg. 
  • Andrew Mellon Doctoral Scholarship.
  • Assistant director of Pass Over, the play performed at the Market Theatre for Black History Month in 2021. 

Mrs Nel, choosing my English work as part of the school’s yearbook achievements when I was in grade two. Mrs Curby, my primary school librarian, encouraged my reading. The words of affirmation spoken to me by my teachers shaped me to be courageous, hardworking and resilient.

Your dreams will come true. You get more of what you focus on. All things are working together for your good.

More financial freedom spread to the people of the land. Young people employing themselves by creating work opportunities in their sectors. Businesses mentoring more young people. For our specialists to use their knowledge to enhance the growth of South Africa’s economy.

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