From pen to paper: The remarkable journey of an 18 year old Bolobedu based book writer

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From pen to paper: The remarkable journey of an 18 year old Bolobedu based book writer
By Kgotso Doreen Mawasha
GA-BOQA – In a world where youth is often underestimated, one 18-year-old book writer is breaking barriers and making a name for themselves in the literary world. Meet Onthatile Sehlwana from Buqa, Bolobedu in Limpopo.
“The Black Child,” a poignant collection of poems written by Onthatile Sehlwana and Alfred Motolla, edited by Surfrey Motolla, and published by Alfred Motolla, delves into the experiences and perspectives of black children in society.
The inspiration behind this powerful work stems from the authors’ personal experiences, their observations of the challenges faced by black children, and their passion for literature as a means of creating awareness and fostering empathy.
The themes explored in “The Black Child” resonate deeply with readers, encouraging them to embrace differences, cultivate self-love, seek community support, overcome adversity, and strive for a more inclusive society. Through their poetry, Sehlwana and Motolla aim to spark discussions within the community about the experiences of black children, advocating for diversity, representation, and understanding.
Drawing from their own upbringing in Bolobedu, the authors infuse their work with authenticity and resilience, showcasing the strength and perseverance of black children in the face of adversity. By giving voice to these experiences, they hope to inspire others to celebrate diversity, express emotions openly, and seek out new perspectives beyond their comfort zones.
Influenced by literary giants such as Alice Walker, James Baldwin, and contemporary authors like Colson Whitehead and Jesmyn Ward, Sehlwana and Motolla weave a tapestry of storytelling that honors the complexities of the black experience. Their advice to aspiring authors echoes the importance of research, authenticity, and community support when tackling important social issues through writing.
“The Black Child” stands as a testament to the power of literature in shedding light on marginalized voices, challenging societal norms, and fostering empathy and understanding.
Through their evocative poetry, Sehlwana and Motolla invite readers to reflect on the experiences of black children, igniting conversations that pave the way for a more compassionate and inclusive future.
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