Ignatius Mabasa is an award-winning novelist, children’s writer and dub poet from Harare, Zimbabwe.  Inspired by his grandmother, he is also a storyteller who began telling stories before he could write and has since shared them with audiences from Harare to San Francisco.  An accomplished mentor for budding writers and storytellers, a champion of the Shona language and a lay preacher at his local church, Ignatius is the Deputy Director of the British Council in Zimbabwe.

Click here to view a recent Winnipeg Free Press article on Ignatius. 
Click here to view an article about Ignatius in Zimbo Jam.

For more information about Ignatius, feel free to visit his blog


Past Writers/Storytellers-in-Residence:

Roberta Kennedy - Winter  2010

Jan Andrews - Fall 2009

Armin Wiebe - Fall 2008

Rody Gorman  - Fall 2008

Gregory Scofield - Fall 2007






CCWOC's Fall 2010 Storyteller-in-Residence Ingatius Mabasa

U of M Alumni Daria Patrie and Sean Braun with Ignatius

Ignatius, CCWOC Director Dr. Warren Cariou, Dr. Mark Lawall, and U of M Vice-Provost (Academic Planning & Programs) Dr. David Collins

Ignatius performs one of his stories

Winnipeg Free Press Columnist Carolin Vesely interviews Ignatius

CCWOC Research Assistant Susan Rich and U of M Assistant Professor Dr. Michelle Faubert