Bachelor of Commerce in Supply Chain and Marketing third-year student, Ms Kwanele Motha, published her first book Dark Secrets last year and is already working on another, which will be a sequel to the first.
Born and bred in the small town of Mbazwana, 22-year-old Motha said her love of writing was nurtured in high school and the passion grew from there. Her Grade 9 arts and culture teacher, Mrs Adekola, inspired her to keep writing, and her poems were included in the school’s yearbook. It was in Grade 11 that she was inspired to start writing her first book.
The self-published work of fiction tells the tale of a young girl who is the daughter of a well-known businessman. The girl is involved in an accident, resulting in memory loss. She is sent overseas by her family and joins the entertainment industry. On her return home, she still remembers nothing and no one – which is a good thing for her family because if she were to remember, those memories might destroy the family.
‘My inspiration for writing the book came from me wanting to find a place where I could escape to; writing gives me that. I have always felt alive when putting my thoughts on paper. It has always been a dream of mine to share my writing with the world, and to finally have it out there is exciting,’ said Motha.
She said many people told her she would never make it as a writer but instead of letting that derail her, she used it as fuel and carried on writing. ‘I hope to inspire another person – who is being told that they aren’t enough or whatever they are doing is not good enough – to believe that anything is possible no matter how hard it is.’
Apart from being a student and author, Motha mentors in the BCom 4 foundation programme under the College of Law and Management Studies’ Teaching and Learning Unit. She is also involved in outreach programs whereby she and other students visit various high schools and assist in teaching the learners and providing guidance. She hopes one day to start her own organisation to help young black authors.
Motha is also a radio personality at Durban Youth Radio (DYR105.1) from 19:00 to 22:00 on Mondays to Thursdays, and she has her own IG live talk show called ‘Chillin with Kwaksy’.
She said she is excited about this chapter of her life and will use the knowledge she has gained in class to market her books.
For more on Motha’s journey, follow her pages: YouTube channel and Facebook: Kwanele Motha; Twitter and Instagram: @kwaksy; and her blog: https://kwaksy.home.blog/.