Pathisa Nyathi is an educationist, published poet, playwright, historian and biographer. He is a newspaper columnist for the Sunday News, Umthunywa, The Sunday Mirror and Sky Host in Zimbabwe. His creative writing appears in the anthology Short Writings from Bulawayo
. Pathisa Nyathi is a cultural fundi and renowned historian who has been at the forefront of championing the cultural industries in Zimbabwe. He has written several books on the history and culture of the Ndebele people of Zimbabwe.
In 1982 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and in 1985 a BA (Hon) from the University of South Africa and taught in different schools. He has also worked in various capacities which such as Education Officer (Non-Formal) Matabeleland North (1996-2002), Deputy Provincial Education Director Matabeleland North (2002-2004), Public Relations Officer with the Bulawayo City Council (2004-2008), Resource Person Culture Fund of Zimbabwe (2008-2009), Consultant in the Ministry of Water Resources, (January 2010-2010-July).
Recently, he has been concentrating on writing books on cultural issues including the one on Africa’s decorative designs the circle and the chevron written part 50th Anniversary Celebrations for the Oranisation of African Unity / African Union . he is a member of the intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) UNESCO National Committee. Phatisa has no less than twenty books to his credit, Nyathi is active in union matters for the writters. He has over the years sat on several boards, mostly to do with the arts and culture.