FIRST time author, Amandla Ludidi (pictured) will be launching her autobiographical book tonight at the Mr Hyde restaurant and pub.
Her book, titled I Learned to Pray, chronicles Ludidi’s battles through a myriad of trying experiences – including a drug addiction and divorce.
“Writing was always one of my favourite pastimes and I had won a poetry award and recited poetry at a few school events in high school, but it was only this year, after a series of bad experiences that I decided to write a book,” Ludidi said.
Born in Durban, Ludidi moved to East London at the age of five with her family. She completed her schooling at Victoria Girls’ High School and attended Nelson Mandela University in 2008.
Following a series of difficult experiences, Ludidi did not complete her Sports Management Diploma, returning to East London in 2009.
She now runs the Sports and Fitness section for personal wellness company, LAMSA Trading and Projects, Ludidi started with her parents. She is also currently studying IT at Walter Sisulu University.
“I learnt through the difficulties I had that anybody can come out of any experience a better person. I came out a better person because rather than choosing to give up on life, I chose to pray and find my process.”
Already working on her next book, Ludidi plans to do a book tour as well as youth motivation sessions and high school visits starting early next year.
“Writing this book was the most emotionally draining experience I have ever encountered. I had to uncover myself fully to open up to the world about everything that I am and have ever been,
“As draining as it was, I felt like a brand new person as soon as I typed the last word,” she said.
To purchase a copy of the book for more information, please contact Ludidi at firstname.lastname@example.org