Author publishes no. 4

2015-07-22 06:00
WRITER OF NOTE: Mzwandile Soqaga has published his fourth book. 
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Sidwell Guduka

WRITER OF NOTE: Mzwandile Soqaga has published his fourth book. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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MANGAUNG-BASED author Mzwandile Soqaga is very passionate about literature, writers and books.

The 35-year-old himself has now published four books, following the publication of his latest book, Glimpses into African Literature, earlier in 2015.

He told Express how exhilarating his literary journey had been.

“When I succeeded with my debut book titled Omoseye Bolaji: A Voyage Around his Literary Work, I was very inspired,” said Soqaga.

“I have had four books published so far, which have been successfully reviewed by veritable critics and writers. You can also find them on the internet,” he added.

Asked about what had inspired his latest book in which he wrote about other African writers like Okot p’Bitek, Soqaga explained: “Today African literature is tremendously successful throughout the world. This is great because the success of African literature is an excellent achievement.

“In fact, as an avid pan-Africanist, my elation for my latest book is strongly encouraged by the vision of Pan-Africa-nism. Like Okot p’Bitek, his enormous contribution to African literature is sublime.

“Through the internet I could easily research African writers such as Okot and many others.”

In his latest work, Soqaga also published an essay on the late Free State writer Pule Lebuso. Is this his own way of honouring the dead?

“The late Lebuso was a very talented African writer, similar to Dambuzo Marechera and Ingrid Jonker,” Soqaga said.

“Despite their gloomy and untimely demise, their works are monumentally awesome.

“Their works must be immortalised as this will dramatically inspire young people, in particular Africans,” he said.

Yet Soqaga is somewhat gloomy and despondent about the future of African writing.

He said: “Nowadays it is very disappointing to see African literature inauspicious, because of technolo-gical features like social media platforms. The frivolity among the Africans, in particular their lack of fondness for African literature can be daunting.

“Young African writers need to take African literature seriously. They need to appreciate the fact that they are the future custodians of African literature.”

Soqaga said he had been influenced by many writers, particularly African writers.

“In my mind I have so many writers and their thrilling books too. Chinua Achebe, Peter Abrahams, Wole Soyinka, Es’kia Mphahlele, Bessie Head, Grace Ogot, Mariam Tlali, Mariama Ba, Omoseye Bolaji, Birago Diop, Pule Lechesa, KPD Maphalla and Amos Tutuola.

“However, Chief Bolaji’s tantalising books have constantly impressed and inspired me over the years, as I have reviewed quite a number of his many books in various journals, publications and on the internet,” explained Soqaga.

To order his book, call him on 074-046-7177. The book costs R100

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