South Africa's multilingual storyteller
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100 Women 2016: Gcina Mhlope, South Africa's multilingual storyteller

In a world dominated by technology and mobile devices one South African woman is working hard to keep her ancestors' stories alive - through the spoken word.

Gcina Mhlope is a traditional storyteller who narrates her tales in four South African languages. She also travels the country distributing books and helping to set up libraries in rural areas.

Video journalist: Christian Parkinson

What is 100 women?

BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year. We create documentaries, features and interviews about their lives, giving more space for stories that put women at the centre.

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  • 08 Dec 2016
  • From the section Africa
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