Writer prodigy (16) inspires

2017-11-15 06:01
Ofentse Mokoena with her debut collection of short stories.

Ofentse Mokoena with her debut collection of short stories.

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Concerned about young girls living a wasted life and not valuing ­themselves, writer prodigy Ofentse Mokoena (16) has put her thoughts in a book.

She has written Do It Right, Then Freedom ­Follows.

Published by Trevor Mokeyane’s emerging Bloemfontein-based publishing company Omo Ole, the book is a first for Ofentse.

This Gr. 11 learner at the Tsolo Secondary School said the spadework of writing the book started in 2014.

“The title is derived from the fact that we must learn and know that first things come first in life. By learning what to do and get right first, lays the foundation for freedom,” says Ofentse.

“Teaching is about valuing self and knowing what is important. If you do not do it right, you might not be getting things in the right pathways, but if you do it, then freedom follows and that would clearly mean you did it right.”

She says it took her ten days to complete ten chapters.

“The aspect of prediction is for young women and girls who might think there’s no future for them, to know the future is bright only if they start doing right things. I have observed to tell people how to look at the future is not as easy as doing it right. But it will be easier when they do it the right way.

“What is positive is accepting oneself the way you are.”

Ofentse says she drew inspiration from the success story of fellow prodigy Reikantse Manaka (12), who published her book High Ten For Reikantse.

Reikantse published the first edition of her book in 2015, having started working on it in 2014.

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