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Sekibakiba Lekgoathi Peter

University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar, 2013-14

  • About

    Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi is an associate professor of history at the University of the Witwatersrand with research interests in ethnicity, radio, and the politics of knowledge production. He completed his MA in history at the University of the Witwatersrand and his PhD in History at the University of Minnesota. Peter’s current research is on the “The Crystallization and Bifurcation of Ndebele Ethnicity in South Africa, 1960-2010.” His goal is to explore the formation of Ndebele ethnicity in the 1960s and the role of popular radio in forging a strong Ndebele ethnic consciousness in South Africa. During his four-month stay at the U-M, Peter will be working with Dr. Adam Ashforth, who is professor of Afroamerican and African studies.


    Radio and Resistance in South Africa
    A conversation on radio, ethnicity, and knowledge production in South Africa. Africa Online Digital Library, Michigan State University. October 10, 2013. Available at

    Radio Freedom, Songs of Freedom and the Liberation Struggle in South Africa, 1963-1991
    Paper presented at the African Studies Center’s "Eye on Africa" seminar, Michigan State University, East Lansing. September 26, 2013. Available at

    Ndebele Radio Broadcasting, democracy, Language and Belonging in Post-Apartheid South Africa
    Paper presented at the African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland. November 21-24, 2013.