Ditira launches 4th book

2015-09-23 06:00
AUTHOR KUNI DITIRA holds a copy of her latest book, Ke tlhaba malotsana, which will be launched on Saturday (26/09). The book, as well as all her previous books, will be on sale at the launch and will be sold for R100.
Jabulani Dlamini

AUTHOR KUNI DITIRA holds a copy of her latest book, Ke tlhaba malotsana, which will be launched on Saturday (26/09). The book, as well as all her previous books, will be on sale at the launch and will be sold for R100. Photo: Jabulani Dlamini

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CELEBRATED author and regular Express columnist, Adv. Kuni Ditira, will launch her fourth book on Saturday (26/09) at the St Margaret Anglican Church in Bloemfontein.

The book, Ke tlhaba malotsana (I give advice), is her second Tswana book after Botshelo bo marara.

“The book is essentially a compilation of some of the topics I have written about in the A re bueng column,” she told Express at her home in Waverley on Monday (21/09).

Ditira said about a third of this book is about marriage as she is trying to encourage young couples to take the plunge, but also gives advice on some of the potholes to be found in married life.

She said she did not want people to go through what she had gone through during her divorce.

“The book is an introspection of sorts into my own life,” she said.

A reader who had bought one of her books came to Ditira and told her that she had been reading the book on the bus between Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu. Without her knowing, the passenger next to her started reading from her book and it drove her to tears.

“This reader said she ended up giving that passenger the book. To know that you have that kind of impact on people’s lives, is truly powerful and humbling,” Ditira said.

Asked about her opinion on why few people write in indigenous languages, Ditira is forthright in her reply.

“As black people we are too concerned with criticising others, but very few of us will actually do something ourselves even if we have the know-how,” she said.

According to her, it is interesting that no one criticises her when she writes in English, regardless of the fact that it is not her mother tongue.

But everyone has something to say whenever someone writes in any indigenous language.

“I was recently in Botswana, but was disappointed because everyone spoke English while I was expecting them to speak Tswana. Between all the criticism and everyone speaking English, I am worried our indigenous languages are not growing and actually dying out,” she commented.

Her advice to anyone who wants to write is to start by reading first. Then, if you write something, start small and as you get more and more into it you can eventually write a book.

“Express gave me the courage to write in Tswana because I get a lot of feedback from those who have read my articles in the newspaper,” Ditira said.

She said her best-selling book is Life is like music, play on which has sold about 3 000 copies and is still selling.

) Writers, aspiring writers, book lovers and any interested people are all invited to the launch at the St Margaret Church on the corner of Raymond Mhlaba and Alexander Street in Bloemfontein.

) Ke tlhaba malotsana, as well as Ditira’s previous three books, will be on sale at the book launch and her publishers Omo ole Books, can be contacted on admin@omoole.co.za or on 083-255-0042

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