Philani Mathuthu was born on 27 March 1989 in Gwanda in a village called Gwakwe.
He did his primary education at Gwakwe Primary School and went to Sabiwa High, Sibona High and Silobi High where he did his A level.
In 2013 he relocated to Bulawayo for his tertiary education which he did with Lupane State University. He attained an honors degree in Languages and Communication Studies in 2017.
Currently, he is based in Bulawayo where he is working with Young Life Trust Zimbabwe.
He started his journey as a writer, poet in 2004 when he was at Sabiwa High doing form 3. He has published an anthology of short stories titled ‘Ngubani Olomlandu’. He has a lot of work awaiting publication that includes novels and stage plays.
To football fanatics he is known as Iso Lokhozi which is a name for his humorous sports news which he writes and post in different WhatsApp groups. Below is one of Mathuthu’s poems written in isiNdebele
NGIHLELI KOMALUME Ngilivezandlebe kulelikhaya batshonjalo Ngilizalizelwe bahlala bengikhumbuza njalonje Ngingowemzini igola bangibiza njalo Ngiyinzalo yezizweni bangitshela njalonje Angisu-ye walaphekhaya ngingowaphandle Pho isono sami ngesani? Ngihlezi manzonzo inhlamba yikudla kwami Ngiyigoqoza ngolim’ ixhwath’ imbenge uzul’ uyazi Okukabambemi ngisebenza njalo Okwenja izithukuthuku zami ziphelel’ eboyeni Okwesambane ngiyasebenza Njengenkukhu badla besesulela phansi Ngihleli komalume. Bathi kithi kulapho engingakaze ngiluthi bhadu khona Bathi ngingowokuza lapha kukwabo angilasabelo Etafuleni laphezulu badlela khona bona Mina esithumbanjeni ngidla lezinja emkolweni Ngingumnindelwa bonk’ ububi bugiqelwa kimi Ngingumabonabulawe inyoka endala Ngihleli komalume Ulimi lwami angisalwazi balubulele ngabomo Baluncindezela balululaza lwenyanywa langabami engibazalayo Lufundiswa ngabalukilizayo abangakwaziyo lokungabilwazi Isiko lami phendu inganekwane sengilifanisa Bangiphe elabo bathi lilungile ngoba mina ngingowemzini Kunjenje eNjelele sekuyisiduli samazinyane kudlalela ngitsho labakhunkuli Imatojeni ebesitotobela kiyo izolo sebeyitonga uthi ngilenkani Ngikomalume- ngilunywa zinsikizi. Ezabo izakhiwo zifuze isigodlo sikaSolomoni Ezami unxiwa luka Ha lungcono, yizidleke zikathekwane lezi Badidizela ngedevolution of power basididanisa baphetha ngokuphakelana bodwa Kowami umganu kufakwe inkotshana ezilamatshe Ezenjiwayo eziligugu zichaphakele lapha Kodwa zivunwa zisiwe khonale koBambazonke mina ngisale ngibambe isihlathi Ngikomalume. Abakuzil’ ukungikhumbuza ngemvelaphi yami Batshilo angisowalaph’ ekhaya ngizalwa komakhelwane Pho umama wangitshiya wangizalela lapha ngiqondephi? Mina kuny’ engikwaziyo lapha Sonke singabemzini laph’ ekhaya Abanin’ umuzi batshi tshedu bayakwelamaTswana enkangala Thina sesibanga ukuthi nguban’ owaqal’ukufika zwi Ayi bo nkosi thel’ umusa. Ngidla kaluklubhu Angilamandl’ abalamandla badla ngawo amandla Sengiyisichaka esichake sangangobuchakide ngisetshenziswa Amathuba empilo kimi ayabandezelwa Ngokugoq’ ulimi ngiyawuthol’ umsebenzi Ngokungalugoq’ angiwuthol’ umsebenzi Awu khokho kaMatshobane, aluba wabhekana loTshaka laxolelana Lamhla ngingumgaklana osuyintwana nje isanangapho Angisengumuntu ngob’ isiko lami libulewe Ulimi lwam’ abalamalimi balufundisa abantwabami, ikusasa angiliboni.
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