Gifted, Hunted and Haunted

By admin
27 April 2015

Relevant, radical, revolutionary, refreshing, reviving and revitalising.

Relevant, radical, revolutionary, refreshing, reviving and revitalising. This is how many a reader describe Hosea Ramphekwa’s debut book – Gifted, Hunted and Haunted: Why Trouble Torments The Talented.

In Gifted, Hunted and Haunted, Ramphekwa, a journalist, author and speaker, sheds some light into the challenges that are faced by highly gifted people. The book addresses a number of issues that stall the progress of gifted individuals.

Though Ramphekwa is a specialist football writer for Independent Newspapers, he shows his diversity as he tackles life challenges in the book. With an engaging and yet humorous style, the Tzaneen born scribe takes readers through emotional and yet educative journey as he tries to aid them to alleviate the little foxes that spoil their vines.

“For every highly gifted person, there are highly equipped demonic devices devised and deployed for their demise, destruction or downfall,” says Ramphekwa. “It is upon this statement that the book was born. It was love and frustration that pushed me to pen this book. The pain I endured witnessing the demise of gifted people and the passion that consumed me in wanting to help them were the fuel firing me to write the book. In the book, I unpack the challenges or problems that torment gifted people and concurrently I also offer solutions.”

Gifted, Hunted and Haunted uncovers the fiery darts that take the wind out of the sail of many a gifted people. Ramphekwa leaves no stone unturned as he reveals the ills that stall extremely gifted people and the force behind the number of attacks they sustain.

“Many a time, when gifted folk succumb to various traps, we are quick to malign and marginalise them without fully comprehending the things that contributed to their unethical and unfortunate deeds,” reads a line from the book.

“There’s just too much mess that accompany highly talented individuals. If you don’t believe it, go google some of the top athletes, musicians, actors and even pastors and you will see what I am talking about. It’s just unfortunate that the crime they committed is that they are gifted. They didn’t do anything wrong. It’s just that they are gifted.”

From identity crisis, lack discipline, fear, comfort zone, laziness, negative emotions to death, Gifted, Hunted and Haunted identifies and discusses the deeds that usually do damage to talented people. The book, endorsed by musicians, sports stars and faith leaders, has been well received by South Africans with many singing Ramphekwa’s praises.

“Since dropping the book, I have been inundated with calls, smses, Facebook messages and emails from people who have been touched by the book. It’s an overwhelming feeling when one’s work is said to be making impact and changing lives. I feel extremely blessed that I have been afforded and accorded an opportunity to make a small contribution to making the world a better place,” says Ramphekwa, whose debut offering has sold over a thousand copies.

For more information, contact Hosea Ramphekwa on 072 502 6727 or 0765086866 or or