Dr Bongani Nyoka

Phone: +27 (046) 603 8665

Email: b.nyoka@ru.ac.za


BSocSc (Rhodes), BSocSc (Hons) (Rhodes), MA (UWC), PhD (UNISA)



Dr Bongani Nyoka is a Lecturer in the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of South Africa and an MA from the University of the Western Cape. A Rhodes University alumnus, he graduated from Rhodes in the 2000s with a BSocSc in Political Studies, Philosophy and Industrial Sociology and, subsequently, an honours in Political Studies. He has worked as a Researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council and the Archie Mafeje Research Institute, respectively. He was recently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Johannesburg. Dr Nyoka was a 2013 laureate of CODESRIA. He is the author of two books, Archie Mafeje: Voices of Liberation (HSRC Press, 2019) and The Social and Political Thought of Archie Mafeje (Wits University Press, 2020).


Research Interests

  • African Intellectual History  
  • African Sociology
  • Land and Agrarian Studies
  • Revolutionary Theory



Nyoka, Bongani (2020) The Social and Political Thought of Archie Mafeje. Johannesburg: Wits University Press

Nyoka, Bongani (2019) Archie Mafeje: Voices of Liberation. Cape Town: HSRC Press


Nyoka, Bongani (2020) Mafeje on Black Struggles in South Africa: History and Theory, Social Dynamics, 64(1): 50–66

Nyoka, Bongani (2019) Bernard Magubane’s Critique of Anthropology in Southern Africa: An Introductory Essay, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 37(2-3): 169–190

Nyoka, Bongani (2019) The Concept of Ethnography in Mafeje, International Journal of African Renaissance Studies, 14(1): 6–26   

Nyoka, Bongani (2019) Archie Mafeje as Revolutionary Sociologist, Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 66(1): 1–26 

Nyoka, Bongani (2018) Archie Mafeje: A Note on the Three Clusters of his Work, Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, 97(August): 111–123

Nyoka, Bongani (2017) Concepts of Cabralism: On Cabral’s Intellectual Contributions, Africa Development, 42(4): 63–85

Nyoka, Bongani (2017) Biographical Writings on Archie Mafeje: A Critique, Africa Insight, 47(1):80–95

Nyoka, Bongani (2016) Bernard Magubane’s The Making of a Racist State Revisited: 20 Years On, Journal of Black Studies, 47(8): 903–927   

Nyoka, Bongani (2013) Negation and Affirmation: A Critique of Sociology in South Africa, African Sociological Review, 17(1): 2–24

Nyoka, Bongani (2012) Mafeje and ‘Authentic Interlocutors’: An Appraisal of His Epistemology, African Sociological Review, 16(1): 2–16

Nyoka, Bongani (2011) Points of Correction: Comment on Andrew Bank’s ‘Archie Mafeje’, African Sociological Review, 15(1): 137–144

Chapters in Books

Nyoka, Bongani (2020) On African–American Consciousness of Africa: Reading Bernard Magubane’s The Ties That Bind, in Siphamandla Zondi (ed.) African Voices: In Search of a        Decolonial Turn, Pretoria: AISA Press, pp. 94–114

Other Writings

Nyoka, Bongani (2020) Higher Education and the Challenge to Young Black Academics, The Thabo Mbeki Foundation Newsletter, 2(June): 14-16

Nyoka, Bongani (2011) Election Fever in Yeoville-Bellevue, Yeovue News, 4(2)

Nyoka, Bongani (2011) Jordan’s Axe Reveals His Straw-man Tendency, City Press: 23 January

Nyoka, Bongani (2010) Where is the ANC’s Model of Equality? The Sunday Times: 22 August

Nyoka, Bongani (2009) Notes on the YSF Annual General Meeting, Yeovue News, 2(46)

Nyoka, Bongani (2009) Fighting Modern Day Slavery and Murder, Yeovue News, 2(43)

Nyoka, Bongani (2009) ‘Darkies Don’t Read’: A Response to Sihle Khumalo, Yeovue News, 2(39)

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