Nonhlakanipho Mndiyatha was born in 1972 near Bizana in the Eastern Cape. She is a distantly relative of the Ntobela sisters; her grandmother was part of the same clan. She was taught to bead by her grandmother and started working for Ubuhle in 2003 after meeting Induna and the community through a mutual friend.
Nonhlakanipho’s signature pattern is a white house which appears in nearly all of her works and which became the inspiration for the “clinic” you will see in The African Crucifixion. It is a traditional Xhosa rondavel with white plastered walls and thatch roof.