Akusayi Kuphinda

by Sonwabiso Ngcowa

The stories in Akusayi Kuphinda are written in language that comes straight from the daily lives of young people from urban and rural communities all over South Africa. The characters respond to the kinds of challenges faced by many South African youth.

Sonwabiso (2)Sonwabiso Ngcowa was born in Mpozisa village in the Eastern Cape and grew up in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. In 2011 he decided to follow his passion for writing and started a BA at UCT. Sonwabiso has also had short stories published by the FunDza Literacy Trust, Oxford University Press and Cover2Cover Books. He is a motivational speaker and mentor for young people.

Author: Sonwabiso Ngcowa
Release date: January 2015
ISBN: 9780994651693
Recommended retail price: R75

The stories in Akusayi Kuphinda are written in language that comes straight from the daily lives of young people from urban and rural communities all over South Africa. The characters respond to the kinds of challenges faced by many South African youth. These include families where one of the parents had to work far from home; poverty; being a single parent; abuse of women and girls; bullying in schools and loss of self-esteem; arranged marriages; HIV and AIDS; as well as same sex relationships and the way they are looked at in the communities.

 

“What I really like about this book is that it brings isiXhosa into the 21st century. It is not stuck in the idiom of standard isiXhosa, though it is well written and the language is vibrant and refreshing. This is the type of book that we need in isiXhosa to get us reading again. It takes the tired old theme of traditional versus modern values and revitalises it into the 21st century.”
Professor Russell H Kaschula of Rhodes University African Languages Department

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