Yamkela is an author of ten published books. Her first book to be published is an IsiXhosa novel that was approved by the South African Department of Education to be used by Grade 9 students learning isiXhosa in South African schools nationwide.
She also contributed folktales and riddles on a Xhosa folklore anthology, published by Oxford University Press. In addition, she has also co-authored children’s story anthologies in isiXhosa and isiZulu, both published by Oxford University Press. She has also written non-fiction children’s books in isiZulu. Her latest offering is an isiXhosa novel, Ndibuyisele Esizalweni and an English one, Lies in Her Boots, which is in the process of being adapted to a telenovela. Some of her time is also spent developing mobile app games as well as board games.
Yamkela has worked for a number of publishing houses as a publisher and media companies such as Quizzical Pictures, Jacana Media, Drum Magazine, Oxford University Press, Pan Macmillan and many more. She is also a contributor for Essays of Africa Magazine as well as Cognisence, an online lifestyle and opinion magazine.
She has worked as a language advisor for television series such as The Lab (SABC3), So You Think You’re Funny (SABC 1), Umtshato (SABC 1) and many more. She is also a regular literature contributor on CAPS Radio.
Yamkela is also an editor, copy-writer, song writer, poet – in short, she is a wordsmith and art lover. She is also a wife and a mother to her daughter, Lukhulu Tywakadi.
She holds a B.A. (Media Studies & African Languages), B.A. Hons Cum Laude (African Languages), and B.A. Hons (Publishing Studies).Back to speakers