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Dikobe Mogale (also known as Dikobe Ben Martins) is a South African poet, artist, and activist. Dikobe began making political art as a member of the Black Consciousness movement in the 1970s, producing t-shirts and posters, including the poster that was distributed at Steve Biko’s funeral. He travelled to Botswana and Lesotho frequently from 1979-83 as a member of the liberation army of the African National Congress (ANC) and Umkhonto wa Sizwe (MK) before his arrest in 1983 under the Terrorism Act. His book of poetry, Baptism of Fire, was published in 1984 while awaiting trail in detention. Martins holds a Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of Cape Town and in 1994, he was elected as a Member of Parliament in South Africa’s first democratic elections.

  • Mogale, Dikobe wa. Baptism of Fire. Ad Doniker, 1984.
  • Mogale, Dikobe wa. Prison Poems Ad Doniker, 1992.