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In Conversation with Dr John Kani, Author, Actor, Director, Playwright

Join the Dean of GIBS, Professor Nicola Kleyn for a conversation with award-winning South African actor, director and writer, Dr John Kani.

Kani is the executive trustee of the John Kani Theatre Foundation, founder and director of the John Kani Theatre Laboratory and chairman of the National Arts Council of SA. He starred as T'Chaka in the Marvel studios blockbusters Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther.

In August 2017, Kani had been cast to perform the voice of Rafiki in the 2019 CGI remake of The Lion King.

Kani's work has been widely performed around the world, including New York, where he and Winston Ntshona won a Tony Award in 1975 for Sizwe Banzi Is Dead (which ran 159 performances) and The Island. These two plays were presented in repertory at the Edison Theatre for a total of 52 performances.

Nothing but the Truth (2002) was his debut as sole playwright and was first performed in the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Kani's play, Kunene and the King, a co-production for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre, played in the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2019 before transferring back to Cape Town.

On 20 February 2010, Kani received the Life Time award (SAFTA Awards). Kani has also received the Avanti Hall of Fame Award from the South African film, television and advertising industries, an M-Net Plum award and a Clio award in New York. Other awards include the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Award in 2000 and the Olive Schreiner Prize for 2005. He was voted 51st in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cape TownNelson Mandela Metropolitan University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in 2013.

In 2016, Kani received the national honour of the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, for his "Excellent contributions to theatre and, through this, the struggle for a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa".

The main theatre of the Market Theatre complex in Newtown, Johannesburg, has been renamed The John Kani Theatre in his honour.

Source: Wikipedia

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​Registration: 17:45

Starts: 18:00

Ends:19:30

A light supper will be served after the event.

Please note: GIBS forums are filmed for City Press, BDTV and further distribution. Want to attend but can't afford to? email nkawus@gibs.co.za for one of the limited free seats available.

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  • Professor Nicola Kleyn is the Dean: Executive Education at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management and a full professor of Corporate Marketing.

    Until June 2020 Prof Kleyn was Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), a position she held for five years. In addition to her executive management responsibilities at GIBS, Prof Kleyn is a researcher and teacher in the areas of Corporate Branding and Reputation Management. She is also an active strategic facilitator and enjoys moderating public events.

    Prof Kleyn a former President of the Board of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), the African representative on the CEEMAN board and a member of the global EYQ Fellows Program and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Gordon Institute of Business Science and MIB Trieste School of Management.

    Qualifications

    • DBA (UP)
    • MBA (Wits)
    • B Com (Hons) (Wits)
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