Tango with HIV

PODCAST: In commemoration of World AIDS Day (1 December), maHp/ ACMS postdoctoral researcher Duduzile Ndlovu shares her poem on HIV/AIDS.


Is this a choice

I am making

Your name is always

On my mouth

Wherever I look

I see you

I turn and keep turning

Left, right, no left again

Your face greets me each time

I run, run as fast as I can

Maybe I will outpace you

But I carry you with me

No matter how fast I run

You are there, you run faster

I close my eyes

This is all but a dream

I shall awake

But I see you

You are right there

Inside of me

For more poems by Ndlovu visit her blog: Candid PhD Talk.


About Duduzile Ndlovu

Dudu Ndlovu is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand where she completed her PhD in 2017. She is a recipient of a Newton Advanced Fellowship (2018-2020) through which, she is developing a decolonial arts based research agenda using poetic inquiry.

Dr Ndlovu’s research interests include: exploring arts-based research methods as a form of decolonising knowledge production; interrogating intersectionality through narrative work; and analysing the gendered politics of memory. She has used this approach in research exploring mobility, transitional justice, memory and emerging politics in Africa’s rapidly growing cities’ populations.

Dr Ndlovu’s PhD thesis explored Zimbabwean migrants’ use of art (poetry, music, drama, film) to navigate precarious lives; speak about violence – including the Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe and xenophobia in South Africa, and memorialise those events.

Dr Ndlovu is passionate about research communication to wider audiences beyond the academy. She translated her PhD dissertation into poetry as a strategy to include the research participants.