Noni Jabavu was a South African writer and journalist, and the first black South African woman to publish books of autobiography. At the age of fourteen she came to England in the care of English friends and was educated at the Mount School, York. She was studying music at the Royal Academy when the Second World War started. She then trained as a semi-skilled engineer and oxy-acetylene welder. Later, she became the first African woman to be the editor of a British literary magazine when in 1961 she took on the editorship of The New Strand.
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