Betty Dlamini

Betty Dlamini

Senior Lecturer, Zulu, African Studies Program


  • Fellow, Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Ph.D., University of London, 2008
  • M.A., Sussex University, 2002
  • B.A., Honors, University of South Africa, 2001
  • B.Ed., University of Swaziland, 1998

About Betty Dlamini

Dr. Betty Dlamini is an expert in theater arts. Her research interest is interdisciplinary, including Southern African Performance Arts and Development, Women and Gender, Comparative Cultures, and IsiZulu. As a creative writer she has published over 32 works including the Macmillan Grand Prize winning Siswati novel, Umsamaliya Lolungile (2008), Qhu Lafa Igula featured in the Sibusiso Nyembezi-Heinemann Award winning Short Story Anthology (1990). She has done Zulu-English translations for BBC Channel 4 and Amnesty International (UK). She translated the Rough Aunties, a documentary that won the Grand Jury Prize in the 'World Cinema — Documentary' category at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Dr. Dlamini is a Fellow of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and is an alumni of the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (Ph.D.-2008); Sussex University (M.A.-2002); University of South Africa (B.A. Honors-2001) and University of Swaziland (B,Ed-1998). Her latest highlight is the Indiana University Statewide Presidential Award, the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), 2018. Her global initiatives include conducting workshops for teachers of English in Rwanda as part of the IU Books & Beyond program.

Awards & Honors

  • Statewide Presidential Award, the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), 2018
  • Best SiSwati Novel for Swaziland High Schools, Swaziland Curriculum Unit, 2016
  • Macmillan SiSwati Novel Grand Prize winner, 2008
  • Translator of the BBC (Channel 4) Documentary, Rough Aunties, a winner of the Sundance World Cinema Jury Prize, 2008
  • Translator for Amnesty International Information Documents for South Africa, 2008
  • Translator and editor for Macmillan Swaziland (until 2001)
  • Recipient of awards including the German Development Fellowship for Young Researchers of BOLESWA Countries, 2000
  • University of Swaziland, Dean of Education Award, 1998
  • Second Best Short Story Award for the English Association of South Africa, 1997
  • Sino-Swazi Award of Academic Excellence, 1995

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