Bonakele Jeremiah Gubenyathe was born on the 30th of March 1977 in a township called Tikwana in Hooostad, Free State Province. At a very young age of four he relocated to Molelema, a village in the outskirts of Taung in the North West province where he started his schooling. In the early 90’s he left the village to live with his father in Bekkersdal where he continued with his education. In 1999 and 2013 he enrolled with Randfontein College and UNISA, respectively. He started working at Spoornet in Ogies as a Train Assistant and three years later started teaching at Simunye Adult Center. Around 2011 he went to teach at Westonaria Adult Centre, teaching Life Sciences, Life Orientation and English Grade 12. He is now home in Tikwana and is self employed. When not writing novels, Bonakele likes keeping himself busy with the construction work. He was inspired by the likes of Nceba Oscar Tyobeka through his novel Since Mandela had died. Bonakele likes working out in the gym and also designing house plans.