Betty Dlamini

Betty Dlamini

Lecturer, African Studies

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  • Ph.D., African Languages and Cultures, University of London (SOAS)
  • M.A., English Literature, University of Sussex
  • B.A., Honors in English, University of South Africa
  • B. Ed, University of Swaziland


Betty Dlamini is a singer, actress and playwright, poet and fiction writer who teaches IsiZulu at Indiana University. She obtained her degrees from the University of London (SOAS), Sussex University (Brighton), University of South (Pretoria-SA) and University of Swaziland. She has done translation and editing work for companies that include Macmillan Publishers (BOLESWA), Reach-Out Publishers (SA), Shuter and Shooter (SA) and Rise Films in collaboration with BBC Channel 4 (London). Her awards include the Sino-Swazi Award (1995), Second Best short story writer for the English Association of South Africa (1997), Dean of Education's Award - UNISWA (1998), The German Award for Young Researchers from BOLESWA countries (2000), The Association of Commonwealth Universities Award (2003) and Macmillan Publisher's Grand prize for the Best SiSwati novel, umsamaliya lolungile (2008). As a scholar, Dr. Dlamini has presented a number of papers at conferences.