His book, inspired by God

2016-11-08 06:00
 Photo: nosipho mkhize Author Xolo Songa.

Photo: nosipho mkhize Author Xolo Songa.

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HIS passion for writing saw the launch of his book, The African Code.
Xolo Songca (24) was born in a small town - Libode - on the outskirts of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

He was raised by parents who valued respect.
“I have two younger brothers, Mandla and Sanele. We are raised by parents, who value respect to the point that we cannot address adults without saying, ‘yes ma or yes sir’, so that played a big role in shaping me and where I am in life right now.
“We were taught the importance of respect and humility from a young age. I also have a son, who is very dear to me - he has his own chapter in the book. He goes by the name of Loyiso Lwazilwenkosi.
“He's played such an integral role in motivating me to make him proud of the fact that I'm his dad. My late grandfather wrote a history book in the seventies, which I never got to read because it was banned as it contained black political content. So I also wanted to make him proud of me.

“My childhood memories were pretty awesome. I grew with my grandmother from my mother's side with a few of my cousins. I remember how on Christmas Day we were so excited to light fireworks and eat a lot of food.
“We used to make cars out of wire, swim in the river although that was strictly forbidden. But my childhood was very adventurous. I was very much an outdoor kind of child. I was quite impulsive as well, and very sensitive when I lost at a Pokemon or spinning top game because I did not like losing.
“I guess that evolved very much into my current character as well. I don't like finishing second best.”

Xolo studied at the Durban University of Technology, where he did marketing, but later realised it wasn't what he wanted to do so he had to drop it.
“I then went into pharmaceutical marketing and that gave me the opportunity to liaise with people and understand the Department of Health in thorough perspective.
“I recognised its shortcomings and its achievements and I was very willing to form an integral role in patient care and patients’ rights.
“The political aspect of my character arises quite effortlessly when I deal with people and make their lives better.”

The African Code speaks about the ideas initiated by Steve Biko.
“I started writing the book in December 2014 and I completed it in January.
“It was a long process because I wanted to give myself enough time and speak facts so that required a lot of reading correspondent books and watching documentaries.

“The idea of black consciousness in my book, I tend to modify black consciousness to modern times. What does being black and being proud of it mean to the youth and black people of today?
“I touch on topics that emasculate the pride in our history, mostly our unknown history. I try to empower young people to study more of their black history and I believe it is only by us educating ourselves in this manner that we may have the pride and self-love we require in order to tackle larger issues.
“I also offer tactics that we need to form our own black economy, our own inventions and innovations. I stress that the only way we can achieve world peace without racial barriers is by first empowering the previously disadvantaged races such as the black race in a sense that they are as much equal to any form of progress as other races of the human family.
“This is the only way we can talk world peace, is if we right the wrongs first. But in a nutshell I do believe my book contains a powerful message, and I do think that it is a book that everyone should have.”

When asked what inspired him to write the book he said: “Honestly, I've always being very vocal about black consciousness and so I imagined that doing it in book form would in itself be a powerful tool in the mission towards promoting a reading generation.
“But mostly, it's God that inspired me to write it. I believe I'm sent for something, and so I'm only performing what I'm sent to do, and this is only the beginning.

He advised the youth: “We are the generation that will lead our country toward greater thoroughfares. No dream is too big to accomplish, and no door is locked tightly enough not to kick open.
“It's time we as young people rise up and take our rightful seats in the pinnacle of African brilliance.
“It's time we become more politically aware. Great leaders of the past have paved the way for us, and it's time we make them proud, and truly, impossible is nothing,” he added.

For more information, visit www.theafricancode.co.za or follow Xolo on Instagram @xolo_songca or Facebook: Xolo Songca.

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