Today marks the first anniversary of Peter Abrahams passing. (1919 - 2017). Peter, like Keorapetse Kgositsile, was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution to South African arts.
His first novel, "Mine Boy" says Brooks Spector 'had firmly established the archetype of a storyline of the naïve African who leaves his home because of the crush of economic circumstance" and set "a path of exploration for us, the writers who have followed the trail he bravely blazed’ Nadine Gordimer was quoted.
"Mine Boy" (1946) was adapted for stage by Roel Twijnstra and Jerry Pooe in 2014. Twijnstra was bestowed with the Knight of Oranje Nassau by the Netherlands at the Market Theatre last year.
Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa Roel Twijnstra Department of Arts and Culture