Local author Mqhubi Mdliva recently won an award at the SA Book Development Council for his Xhosa book Nangomso Iselusuku.
Mdliva’s book, which talks about the many challenges young people encounter, won the Indigenous Languages Publishing Programme Award in the isiXhosa category.
The Mzwini Senior Secondary School principal said he hoped his book would encourage young people to put education first.
“The title says it all, tomorrow is still another day. No matter how many times one goes through challenges they must know that tomorrow is still another day to make things right,” he said.
Mdliva said the book focused mainly on the importance of education.
Mdliva has written several books, mainly in Xhosa. Some of his works have been included in the Grade 7 Xhosa book titled, Ngumdiliya.
“I write my books in isiXhosa because I hope to encourage young people and also bring back Xhosa readership,” he said.
Mdliva said he hoped Nangomso Iselusuku would be included in the education syllabus. “Currently the book is in the libraries across the country. It is up to the department of education to pick it up and use it,” he said.
He said as much as his book was for young people, it also spoke to the adults. “With determination anything can be achieved. I am narrating a sad story but there is an element of humour in the book as well. The book will challenge the reader to think,” he said.
The book is also in line for the South African Literary Awards which take place later this year. “The nomination for the SALA means a lot to me. My work is being recognised, especially for the isiXhosa language,” he said.
He added that he had been invited to the Word Fest at the National Arts Festival this year. “I will be in Grahamstown from July 4 to 8. I will be motivating upcoming authors and dealing with other writing related stuff,” he said. — firstname.lastname@example.org