South African native, Dr Alude Mahali has joined the ranks as lecturer at the School of Drama at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Dr Mahali, who is also teaches voice and speech, speaks Xhosa, which is also the name of her tribe, Zulu and basic Afrikaans and Sestwana. Xhosa relayed that in earlier years she travelled to the United States as her father upgraded his education and during that time she forgot how to speak her mother tongue, though she could still understand it. She added, “It was like I had suffered a stroke; a traumatizing experience”. She relayed, her distress became the subject of the dramatic pieces she has written and performed for her master's program explaining that her focus was on nostalgia and memories and due to her experience of feeling disconnected to her homeland. Her first major production was the well-known Broadway hit (and later Tyler Perry movie) For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.