Sam Shakong


Sam Shakong is a trained Sociologist who has a Masters Degree from Adelphi University in Long Island New York where he also lectured. After a while he decided to go back to Southern Africa for a more challenging experience. His first job upon coming home from exile was a seven month stint at Fort Hare university as a replacement for Deputy Registrar who had extended his study leave abroad.

He landed in Gaborone Botswana, a few months before the arrival of the high school students from the 1976 Soweto upheavals whom he helped mentor. He has taught at The University of Botswana, The United Nations Institute for Namibia in Zambia. Coming back to South Africa he became Personal Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University of North West in Mahikeng.

His last formal position was at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa as senior manager.

He is an avid collect of African art and music and passionate about the need to preserve our cultural legacy and heritage.

Now at retirement you can find him most mornings in the gym sweating away. He is also researching and writing Jonas Gwangwa’s biography. Even though he types with fingers only, it would be difficult to move him away from his laptop.

He has also written and published a book titled I WANT TO SEE THE SUN RISE, a riveting journey of fatherhood in exile of himself and his daughter.

Books By Sam Shakong