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Abongile Matyila

Abongile Matyila

Country: South Africa

Pronoun: They/Them
Abongile  finds meaning in the collective spaces that challenge and embrace the queer individual. They are inspired by art and colour, and the vibrancy of the heart that raises the voice of the silenced, the marginalised and the forgotten. Queer politics, being far more pervasive than ordinary, speaks to individuality that exists as part of the diversity of the collective, and so has been part of much work done with local NGO, civil society movements, government officials, academics and regional partners. As a South African born youth, African values have rooted the understanding of the world and the need to find a voice for the people, while theology and philosophy as hints in the scholarly background, have helped understand the voices better. Inspired, energetic and ready to learn, they are currently working on republishing a collaborative piece called Stabanisation: Responding to the Backlash, and are currently researching their Masters in Theology.

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