Keorapetse Kgositsile

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Keorapetse Kgositsile
Born Keorapetse William Kgositsile
18 February 1938
Dithakong, Mahikeng
North West, South Africa
Disappeared 3 January 2018 (aged 79)
Parktown, Johannesburg
Gauteng,South Africa
Nationality South African
Other names Bra Willie (pen name)
Education Madibane High School
Ohlange Institute
Alma mater University of New Hampshire
The New School for Social Research
Columbia University
Lincoln University
  • Poet
  • political activist
Years active 1954 - 2018
Children 3
(including Earl Sweatshirt
and Ipeleng Kgositsile)

Keorapetse Kgositsile (19 September 1938 – 3 January 2018) was a South African poet and political activist. In 2006 he was inaugurated as South Africa's National Poet Laureate. Keorapetse Kgositsile was married to former South African Deputy President, Baleka Mbete from 1978 to 1992. He is the father of famed American rapper Earl Sweatshirt. Keorapetse Kgositsile is also known by his pen name Bra Willie.


  1. Mail & Guardian, A song of constant beginnings, 14 November 2018