MORE PLANS FOR “UNYAKA WESITHEMBISO”
By: Lungelo Ngcamu
Lungisani Mavundla aims to have his books to be televised in future.
Unyaka Wesethembiso Season 4 was launched at Curries Fountain on Saturday. This book first emerged in July 2012 on Ukhozi FM’s Akulalwa Show hosted by Bheka Mchunu. It was being read by its author Lungisani Mavundla.
This event was attended by a number of popular midnight listeners known as Amadela Buthongo and Durban University of Technology students.
Mavundla told Journalismiziko that he aims to teach young people on how things are done in South Africa, especially the cultural practices teaching respect.
“My big aim is to showcase Africa, South Africa and our youth from rural areas that as black people we also have things that can interest them. Something that could make them chose to not sleep at night,” said Mavundla.
“Secondly, I want to make sure we give the message to our youth that you can make big things regardless of who you are. And also make young people look life differently,” he added.
This award-winning author has won awards from BASA Awards in 2012 and 2013. He will take some rest for a while just to give other emerging writers a chance to showcase their work on air.
Mavundla also entertained audience reading a few episodes that were not heard on air. Mavundla was not the only one who entertained the crowd but also some local poets that included Mxolisi Mtshali, Xoli Vilakazi, Mondli Mzizi and Abalobi just to name the few.
Mavundla also thanked Ukhozi FM for giving him a chance to read his books and short stories on the station.
“I can’t leave out Ukhozi FM management from the people who made this book so popular. They welcomed me with warm hands, when I introduced my work. There is no other radio station or newspaper that has given the artist such an opportunity to showcase their work.”
He said that he was thankful to the station for giving them as artists a platform to convey educational messages to people using our books and poems.
“In future I would like to see this book shown on television where it will be played like other dramas,” added Mavundla.
Ukhozi FM listener Zanele Mdlalose from eMondlo also told Journalismiziko that she likes this book because it teaches their children respect and humanity (Ubuntu).
“I’m happy to have attended this launch because I like this book a lot. I wish it could continue teaching our children humanity and how to behave themselves,” said Mdlalose.