In both her life and her work, Azola sees the world through the intersecting lenses of feminism and black consciousness. In contemporary South Africa where these are too often separate and sometimes antagonistic philosophies, this stance requires courage, a characteristic that Azola has in abundance.
A brave activist and talented popular educator, Azola began working on HIV/AIDS as a student volunteer in 2002 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She went on to manage and implement the students’ peer education program, giving care and support to HIV-positive students. Since then, Azola has worked with several HIV/AIDS organizations, as well as for Sonke Gender Justice Network. Involved in JASS Southern Africa since 2007, Azola’s work as a community organizer in Malawi and Zambia, and as a conceptual thinker was and continues to be invaluable to JASS. Currently, Azola lends her skills, experience and boundless creativity to a range of organizations in Southern Africa as an independent consultant.
As well as her involvement in a black conscious movement called the September National Imbizo and in the continent-wide African Feminist Forum, Azola’s passions include music, poetry and her young son.