Anelile Mandisa Gibixego (29) lives in Johannesburg, and is an author of a book called iGoli Dreams. She’s also the founder of NoKurasa Publishing, and works as an environmentalist specialising in aquatic science.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MY STORY
I wanted to create awareness around gender-based violence. So, I wrote a relatable South African story about it. The concept is about coming to Johannesburg with big dreams and aspirations. It also explores the taxi industry, township lifestyle and corporate sector.
I spent a lot of time researching themes that I wanted to focus on. I interviewed people, watched footage of rape survivors and even went to police stations gathering information. Afterwards, I focused on the plot and character building. It took me only three months to write the book because I’m very passionate about advocating against gender-based violence. It then went through the editing and proofreading process. I chose to self-publish because I wanted sole responsibility for my project, and to keep my creative freedom. My book was published in 2018.
THRIVING AGAINST THE ODDS
Access to funding is a challenge because in order to create a quality product, you need to spend money. Distribution is also hard because distributors and bookshops want a huge percentage of your profit. Most of us often sell from car boots. But, through hard work, I managed to make a profit. The publishing world is tough, so I decided to officially open NoKurasa Publishing in 2019. This is a publishing space that is safe for storytellers. I want to continue writing and publishing books because our stories are important.
Mantedieng Mantis Mamabolo (32) lives in Johannesburg, and is a self-published author of a children’s book titled Boipelo’s Family Tree. She works as a technology business analyst.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MY STORY
I struggled to find books about LGBTIAQ+ people and queer coupling or partnerships. So, I wrote a book about a little black girl growing up in a LGBTIAQ+ home; the primary caregivers are in a same-sex relationship. I wanted to write a book that I could read to my children one day.
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