Word of the day: Ladder

Say it: la-de

Part of speech: Noun

Definition: A device used for climbing that has two long pieces of wood, metal, or rope with a series of steps or rungs between them.

Etymology: English

Synonyms:Graduation, Hierarchy, Scale, Ordering,Ranking

Use in a  sentence: She got a ladder in her stocking.

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Congratulations to North West Word Nerds, who took part last Sunday at the 2016 Mzansi Spelling Bee Provincial Finals.

Here are the top 3 Spellers:

Drones Finalists:

  1. Omphemetse Monchwe  (Champ)
  2. Remoratile Makgala
  3. Molemo Magano

Bumble Bees Finalists:

  1. Irfaam Kajee (Champ)
  2. Nonyameko Mxathule
  3. Fatimah Tayob
  4. Sandra Muyambo

Honey Bees Finalists:

  1. Tripti Patel (Champ)
  2. Olive Kidney






Authors birthdays: October

Elsa Joubert (19 October 1922), born Elsabé Antoinette Murray, is a Sestigers Afrikaans-language writer. Elsa Joubert rose to prominence with her novel Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena, which was translated into 13 languages and also staged as a drama.

Elsa Joubert grew up in Paarl and matriculated from the all-girls school La Rochelle in Paarl in 1939. She then studied at the University of Stellenbosch from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942 and an SED (Secondary Education Diploma) in 1943. She continued her studies at the University of Cape Town which she left with a Master’s degree in Dutch-Afrikaans literature in 1945.

After graduating, Elsa Joubert taught at the Hoër Meisieskool, an all-girls high school in Cradock, then worked as the editor of the women’s pages of Huisgenoot, a well-known Afrikaans family magazine, from 1946 to 1948. She then started writing full-time and traveled extensively in Africa, from the springs of the Nile in Uganda, through the Sudan, toCairo, as well as to Mozambique, Mauritius, Réunion, Madagascar, and Angola. She also visited Indonesia.

In 1950 Elsa Joubert married Klaas Steytler, a journalist and later publisher and author, who died in 1998. She has three children, two daughters, and one son, and lives inOranjezicht, Cape Town.

  • Lerone Bennett, Jr. – 17 October 1928
  • Mark Mathabane – 18 October 1960
  • Terry McMillan – 18 October 1951
  • Ntozake Shange – 18 October 1948
  • Elsa Joubert – 19 October 1922
  • Mark Behr – 19 October 1963
  • Nikki Grimes – 20 October 1950
  • C. Johan Bakkes – 21 October 1956
  • Ahmos Zu-Bolton II – 21 October 1948
  • Doris May Lessing – 22 October 1919 –died 17 November 2013
  • Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof – 22 October 1924 –  died 2 April 2011
  • Michael Eric Dyson -23 October 1958
  • Shabbir Banoobhai –  23 October 1949
  • Gayl Jones – 23 November 1949
  • Gcina Mhlope – 24 October 1958
  • Ferhat Abbas – 24 October 1899 – died 24 December 1985
  • Ukamaka Olisakwe – 24 October 1982

Authors birthday: October

Olu Oguibe (born 14 October 1964) is a Nigerian-born American artist and intellectual.Professor of Art and African-AmericanStudies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Oguibe is a senior fellow of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, New York City, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He is also an art historian, art curator, and leading contributor to post-colonial theory and new information technology studies.Oguibe was honoured with the State of Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and lifetime achievement on 15 June 2013.

Oguibe taught critical theory at Goldsmiths College before moving to the United States. To date his art has been shown in major museums and galleries around the world including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Whitechapel Gallery and the Barbican Center, London; Migros Museum, Zurich; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, among many others; as well as in the Havana, Busan, and Johannesburg biennials, and most recently at the 2007 Venice Biennial. His public art works may be found in Germany, Japan and Korea. Oguibe has previously taught in several colleges including theUniversity of Illinois at Chicago and the University of South Florida where he held the Stuart Golding Endowed Chair in African Art.

Oguibe’s critical and theoretical writings have appeared in several key volumes including The Dictionary of Art, Art History and its Methods, Art in Theory 1900-2000, The Visual Culture Reader, The Third Text Reader on Art and Culture, The Black British Culture and Society Reader, and Theory in Contemporary Art: From 1985 to the Present, as well as numerous serials such as Frieze, Flash Art International, Art Journal, Texte Zur Kunst, Zum Thema, Third Text and Criterios. His most recent books include Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace (MIT Press, 2000) and The Culture Game (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).

  • Kenule “Ken” Beeson Saro-Wiwa – 10 October 1941 – died 10 November 1995
  • Bai Tamia Johnson Moore – 12 October 1916 – died 10 January 1988
  • Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory – 12 October 1932
  • Alice Childress – 12 October 1916 – died 14 August 1994
  • Ann Petry – 12 October 1908 –died 28 April 1997
  • Dalene Matthee – 13 October 1938 – died 20 February 2005
  • Biyi Bandele-Thomas – 13 October 1967
  • Abderrahmane Sissako – 13 October 1961
  • Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps – 13 October 1902 –died 4 June 1973
  • Askia Muhammad Touré – 13 October 1938
  • Olu Oguibe – 14 October 1964
  • Uche Nduka – 14 October 1963
  • Haddis Alemayehu – 15 October 1910 – died 6 December 2003
  • Ahmed Shawqi – 16 October 1868 – died 14 October 1932
  • Frank Mkalawile Chipasula – 16 October 1949