Little known fact: Maya Angelou’s South African husband


According to, Make was a banished person, Civil Rights Activist, member of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, active in the Evaton bus boycotts in 1955 and an accused in the 1956 Treason Trial.

He was also a Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) representative in Cairo, and a member of the ANC and PAC alliance, the SAUF.

According to, Make was married to American writer and poet Maya Angelou from 1960 to 1963. The couple lived together in Cairo, Egypt for three years.

He died at the HF Verwoerd hospital in Pretoria on 15 April 2006 at the age of 75.


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