KWASHANGE author Mhlengiwenkosi Classic Mafu has released his second book, titled Dear Woman’dla, that talks about women abuse. Speaking to Echo, the 23-year-old said the book admires the strength of a woman and speaks about current issues that they are facing — woman abuse, rape, gender inequality and more. He said the book also speaks to men about their current image that needs to be fixed as well as raising the next generation of men. “Dear Woman’dla is a collection of different stories told by different women about the current issues that they are facing. It’s a tool to empower by breaking the cycle and generational curses.“When I launched my first book last year titled The Scriptures Of Motivation, I was looking to release another one but there was so much that was happening on women. “Women were losing their value in the current image of man. I wanted to write something that will embrace the strength of a woman, restore her value, admire her strength yet speak about the current problems that they are facing.“I decided to write this book to raise awareness on issues women face, speaking to women and also speaking to men about their current image. I wanted to say to men as the book says, ‘the word man is action, it’s your actions that determine how much of a man you are’ but I also wanted women to teach other women about women abuse, love, relationships, rape and other issues,” he said. Mafu said the book took him about a year to finish. He said it required a lot of research, and “I had to move to a lot of detonations trying to put together content because the people I was talking to are from different parts of the country.“While working on this book I went through a turn of emotions because when other women were telling me their stories they would be in tears. “As I was about to start writing it would take time for me to start because I thought of the pain these woman went through and the tears they were crying while sharing their stories.“I felt like doing more but I knew I was doing [something] because I was now compiling these stories to empower them and others. There are chapters that were really emotional and still are when other readers are now sharing them with me. “So doing such a project can take a lot out of you but it’s not as much as what women go through on a daily basis in this country.”He said when he was growing up he always knew that one day he was going to be an author because he loves writing. “I always had so much love and talent for writing. Writing is my dream that I haven’t cheated and a passion that I followed. And that dream came true when he published his first book.“Writing for me is a great escape, [it is] my sanctuary ... what I love most about writing is that it gives me peace and the ability to empower someone.”Mafu is currently running his own company called Classic Media House that focuses on ghost writing and editing. He is also doing his masters in Business Administration at DUT. He said he plans on launching this book and releasing two more books early next year.“My other goal for next year aim is to uplift my mentees as I mentor other young writers to release their books and teach them as they build their brands not only as writers.”Mafu’s book is available on Amazon Books for R200. You can also follow him on all social media platforms at Mhlengiwenkosi Classic Mafu, or send him a WhatsApp on 076 015 6428 to get the hard copies directly from him.