Help writer to go to Greece

2018-04-24 06:01
Zukiswa Pakama

Zukiswa Pakama

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A local writer, Zukiswa Pakama from Mowbray, needs help to register to attend the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) awards that will be taking place in Athens, Greece from Thursday 30 August to Saturday 1 September.

Pakama has been nominated for an IBBY award but needs to register before Friday 4 May. Registration costs R10 000 and to make it to the awards she needs to raise a total of R50 000.She is appealing to the community to help her celebrate and represent South Africa at the awards.

She was nominated for her book titled Akulahlwa Mbeleko Ngakufelwa, an IsiXhosa children’s book which is currently being used in schools and is available in community libraries. She says the nomination is a great honour for her because it is not every day that Nguni written literature get international recognition without being translated into English.

“I could not believe it when I was told I am one of the nominees. Indigenous language writers do not really get this level of recognition and I would love to be one of the lucky few to be honoured. This will help promote and preserve our African languages, which are slowly dying with everyone now majoring in English. Unfortunately I was unemployed until last month and I do not have enough money to cover the costs. I ask anyone who can help me to please contact me. Every little donation will make a difference­.”

Her love for writing started at a young age but she was first published in 2000. She gets inspiration from her daily experiences and finds fulfilment in writing and working with language.

V To help Pakama attend the awards, contact her on 078 777 8161 or at


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