READ AND GROW WITH ‘NOZINCWADI’
By: Andile Nxumalo
Gcina “Nozincwadi” Mhlophe visited the Durban University of Technology (DUT) writer’s with a piece of her life experience and information at this year’s annual Writing Centre
The short story, ‘Toilet’ writer from Hammersdale who is also a poet, activist, actor, storyteller, playwright, South African freedom fighter, director and author was invited as the
guest speaker at the awards to address the students who had qualified to be in the top 60 of the writing competition.
Mhlophe said that her love for story telling came about listening to her grandmother’s stories and developing listening skills as a young child and her recent love of sharing her life
experiences as she grew up.
“I loved reading books at an early age, and I was named Nozincwadi after my late great-grandmother who used to collect everything that was written from book to bibles but couldn’t
read or write, and put that in a suitcase,” she said.
She encouraged student-writers to write in their own language to prevent the confusion or misinterpretation of words and write their own stories.
“I encourage all writers to use their own language because it’s easier to write about what you know than trying to write in foreign language if you still a beginner. It even adds value to
your choice of words you choose to use when writing your piece,” she added.
The awards were held on Thursday at the Hotel School, Ritson Campus.
The audience was shaken when the energetic author of ‘Sometimes when it rains’ recited this poem which she wrote when she was in Holland.
Nozincwadi’s love for reading has made her determined to change lives for other readers and writers out there who are willing to be like her one day,
Mhlophe has donated books across the country and is also set to open a Memory House/Oral History museum to help young writers.