East London local Simamkele Njo has drawn on her own experiences to write her recently published book, Akwaba Sekwabekile.
Njo said the story was based on true-life events that she had witnessed.
“It is about a teenage girl that gets hooked up into a blesser life, where she goes to Johannesburg to study at the University of Johannesburg,” Njo said.
“She is coerced to fall in love with a man who is the same biological age as her parents.
“The same blesser she happens to fall in love with gets her pregnant and gives her HIV.”
She said she originally did not plan on writing the book at first. “It started as a diary, as a storyline that I wrote on Facebook in 2016.
“It got over 2,000 likes,” she said.
Many of the people who read her initial post encouraged her to write more, and so she did.
Njo was also inspired by events in her own life.
“I’ve been poor in life, I’ve always been through many struggles.
“Growing up in East London and being raised in a shebeen house, just to be able to put food on the table, has always been a motivation for me,” she said.
Njo is currently studying at Boston City Campus Media House and is pursuing a diploma in media practices.
She is hoping to use the funds from her book to help fund her studies.
It is for this reason that she chose to self-publish.
“I’m a self-published author because I couldn’t stand the amount of money that would be deducted from the sale of the book,” she said.
Akwaba Sekwabekile costs R180 per copy, plus R100 for delivery.
Payments can be made to the following account:
Account number: 159 444 448 8
Branch code: 470010
Reference: Your full name
Send the proof of payment to Njo over WhatsApp at 074-273-4049 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.