High ten for talented girl

2015-04-30 16:54
HIGH TEN: The 10-year-old Reikantse Manaka of Phase 2 just outside Bloemfontein is among the youngest published authors in the Free State. The bubbly Eunice Primary School learner will launch her book, High Ten for Reikantse, on Saturday (18/04) at t

HIGH TEN: The 10-year-old Reikantse Manaka of Phase 2 just outside Bloemfontein is among the youngest published authors in the Free State. The bubbly Eunice Primary School learner will launch her book, High Ten for Reikantse, on Saturday (18/04) at t

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REIKANTSE MANAKA is not an ordinary 10-year-old.

Manaka, unlike her peers, would rather read and write during break at school than play.

The result of this is that at her tender age, Manaka is already a published author whose book, High Ten for Reikantse, will be launched on Saturday.

The 36-page offering is a collection of short stories and the book was a real team effort with some story ideas coming from Manaka’s 6-year-old sister Rorisang.

With support from her teachers and classmates, the book became a team effort with classmates contributing the illustrations after the book had become a class assignment.

Reikantse’s family members were all smiles when Express visited the family on Sunday.

“I am happy, ecstatic and still amazed at what she has done to write a book at this age,” Teboho Manaka, Reikantse’s father, says.

Teboho says Reikantse is always writing something but he never imagined it would actually become a book.

The little girl’s mother, Matumelo, echoed her husband’s sentiments saying they can only thank God for having given her the talent to be able to do this at her age.

“God must bless and keep her and give her more to be able to continue doing what she does,” Retshedisitswe Manaka, Reikantse’s aunt, says.

In order to encourage others, Reikantse says kids must read and go to school in order to become clever.

Asked what she wants to write about, Reikantse says she wants to write about what she has read.

“I sometimes feel I want to write, but I don’t always have the time because I have homework.

“When I grow up I want to write books about healthy food because it is better to be healthy than to be weak,” she says.

Apart from writing, which she calls her first love, Reikantse also does speech and drama at school as well as public speaking.

) High Ten for Reikantse is published by OmoOle publishers and sells for R80. Call 073-498-6835 or 083-444-9437 to get a copy

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