Sisters with imagination

Pair publish children’s book

WORK OF ART: Sisters Nwel’Olude, left, and Isinamva Mayekiso have collectively written a children’s book, Giving Up? No Ways. Picture: SUPPLIED

Using her power of imagination, 11-year old Merrifield pupil Isinamva Mayekiso recently launched her first book, titled Giving Up? No Ways at Merrifield Preparatory School.

“ I love reading because it doesn’t just help you with knowledge and vocabulary but also your imagination.

“I also want to help other children find their love for reading,” she said.

Isinamva said her favourite story was The Wishing Tree about a girl who wanted to travel the world but her parents did not have money. She started writing the book in her spare time between her hockey, netball, piano lessons and school work.

“I’m not a person who loves studying but I do make notes every day and do get good marks. I also love sport,” Isinamva said.

WORK OF ART: Isinamva Mayekiso at the book launch at her school, Merrifield Preparatory School recently. Picture: SUPPLIED

Contributing to her book with a few poems was her 10 year-old sister, Nwel’Olude.

“Stories are way too hard to write for me. With poems, I can put in a lot of things instead of reading for hours. My favourite poem in the book is A Magical Place, which I thought of in my art class,” Nwel’Olude said.

Speaking about the title of the book, Isinamva said it was important not to give up in life.

She said her mom, author Andiswa Msi, had inspired her and she thanked her brother, Mangena, for helping her.

“We underestimate a child’s understanding of issues. Through this book, it has taught me to treat my children differently.

“I also let them do their own thing and not influence them in any way as my company published the book,” Msi said.

Msi said they hoped to take the book to schools in underprivileged areas.

To order the book at R150, contact Msi on 083-378-1015 or e-mail:


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