John Lockley, Sangoma

John Lockley is one of the first white men, in recent history, to become a fully initiated sangoma (a traditional shaman, priest and healer) in the Xhosa lineage of South Africa – the tribe that gave us Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. He served a 10-year apprenticeship with senior sangoma, Mum Ngwevu, and the Xhosa tribe, training in difficult conditions in one of the poorest townships in the Eastern Cape. John now spends part of each year working as a sangoma in the townships, and the rest of his time travelling the world fostering healing and reconciliation through his ‘Ubuntu’ workshops and media work.

I have been John’s publicist for the past five years and have worked to bring his remarkable story to the attention of the global media, securing features in The South African, The Times and Spirit & Destiny and interviews on BBC Radio 4, the BBC World Service and Ireland’s TV3, to name but a few. In 2010, John was approached by Tomori Films to work as a script consultant on Bush Doctor, an upcoming feature film set in South Africa, and he is currently writing his memoir, ‘White Leopard’.