I was born in Beitbridge to parents from different tribes. My mother is Venda and my father is a mixture of Xhosa and Ndebele, but he was raised in a Sotho society. Although I identify as Ndebele, I have always felt a sense of belonging for all these tribes. Perhaps it is my diverse genes which make me feel different hence my unique thoughts. I grew up in and around Bulawayo, the City of Kings and Queens. I love this city and I do not wish to ever move away. I am a mother of two children, a daughter and a son. Currently, a writer and an entrepreneur.
Growing up, I never thought that I would be a writer but I always loved reading. My favourites were romantic novels, particularly and magazines. As I grew up, I changed focus and started reading news articles following current affairs and other educative literature.
My writing journey, just like my adult life, has had its ups and downs. To be honest, it is those ups and downs that have led me to having so many stories to share. At a certain youth event one lady from Bulawayo, whom I respect her a great deal, shared her own very emotionally moving but inspirational story and as part of her conclusion she said to the listening crowd, “All of you in this room have a story to tell, a story that can lift someone’s life. Don’t sit on it, share your life story and who knows how many lives you might change?” That very night, I slept thinking how best I could share my stories. I was not a good at expressing myself verbally like that lady, so the best way was to write them. But who was going to be interested in what I write and how was I going to make sure it was going to reach the right people?
I always doubted myself in almost everything that I do. I have a fear of not being liked. Likewise I always feared that nobody would like or want to read my book. My sister, who is also a writer, encouraged me to start writing. She has been very encouraging and kept reviewing my work giving all the feedback and criticism needed. One thing led to another and here I am with my first published book in Ndebele for that matter, my favourite language.
Umhlaba Ungihlanekele is my first novel, published by Amagugu Publishers. Before I started writing it, I thought about its content, how it would start and how it would end. I remember at first I wrote the last chapter, I then followed with the first chapter and finally worked my way through the book. The novel was inspired by real life events. Writing this novel has not been an easy road. I can say I have learnt a lot from my editor, who has been very polite and patient despite the fact that my first draft had to be reviewed a lot of many times.
Although I was penning the book alone, my success has been possible because of the love and support that I have been receiving. When I started announcing about my first book, I received overwhelming support. Therefore, I cannot say my writing journey has been a lonely one.
Right now I feel very glad to finally say I am a published author. I already have two more books in the pipeline, one in English and another in Ndebele. I truly hope that some aspiring writers will be inspired and start writing their own stories.
I believe writing is therapeutic, it enables me to express my thoughts, happy ones and sad ones. When I write, I have a voice and I am heard. I pour my emotions as I write,
In my life journey I have met many wise people and have received words of advice that I have related with in life. One of the wisest words I have received as advice are “Everyone has a purpose in life and it is important to use that purpose, living a meaningful and impactful life.”