Zukiswa Wanner is a writer who claims the whole continent as her home. Wanner has written four novels: The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008), Men of The South (2010), and London, Cape Town, Joburg (2014) and has three children’s books: Jama Loves Bananas (2011), Refilwe (2014) and A True Book: Africa (2019). Wanner examined the relationships between domestic workers and domestic employers in the satirical nonfiction Maid in SA: 30 Ways To Leave Your Madam and published a literary travel memoir Hardly Working (2018). She co-edited the African-Asian anthology Behind The Shadows: Contemporary Stories from Africa and Asia (2012) with Rohini Chowdhury, and the African Young Adult anthology Waterbirds On The Lake Shore (2019) published in English, French, and Kiswahili. With Mexican writer Luis Felipe Lomeli she co-founded the African and Latin American writers’ blog lashamba.wordpress.com.
In 2015, she won the K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award for London Cape Town Joburg . In 2014, Wanner was named on the Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers under 40 with potential and talent to define trends in African literature. She is founder and curator of the arts’ event Artistic Encounters in Nairobi Kenya.