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EKM Dido
Biographical info

EKM Dido, or Dido as she is generally known, was born in 1951 in Tsomo in the Eastern Cape. She attended a Roman Catholic boarding school in Cradock and completed her training as a nurse in Kimberley. In 1972 she moved to Cape Town.

She then attained further diplomas in nursing as well as her matric certificate, which enabled her to enrol for a BA(Cur) in Nursing Administration, Community Nursing and Nursing Education through UNISA.

Die storie van Monica Peters appeared in 1996 by which she became the first black woman to publish a book in Afrikaans.

She is currently a lecturer in nursing at the Netcare Training College in Bellville. She is director of the Suidoosterfees in Cape Town and also a director of Woordkuns at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees.

Did you know?

  • She won’t divulge what her initials – EKM – stand for, except that it is a mixture of the names of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
  • She is fluent in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.
  • She first wrote Die storie van Monica Peters in English, but after deliberation with her publisher she decided that Afrikaans would be better.

Author bookshelf

’n Stringetjie blou krale, Kwela Boeke (2000)


Honorary D. Litt. Degree from the University of Western Cape (2005) – For contributions made to the literary world.

List of titles

1996 Die storie van Monica Peters
1997 Rugdraai en stilbly
2000 ’n Stringetjie blou krale
2003 Die onsigbares
2007 ’n Ander ek

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