Local author releases new book

2016-11-17 06:01
The new book by Irene Myingwa. Photo: omega moagi

The new book by Irene Myingwa. Photo: omega moagi

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JUST as the title Amagugu Asendulo (meaning historical treasures) suggests, Port Shepstone author Irene Myingwa’s new book is an attempt to celebrate and restore the rich history of the African culture, particularly­ Nguni traditions in the face of modernisation.

The book is an anthropological expedition and unpacks cultural rites and rituals. These are used to comment and articulate on broader topics in the modern day in order to demonstrate how long-standing traditions have informed many Western norms, particularly religious ones, that are practiced in African societies today.

“God was there before Europeans came to Africa. With this book I wanted to eliminate the misconception that God, religion and the good values that came with Christianity were new to Africans.”

She said it is important to understand that African forefathers knew about God and praised Him in their own African way.

“Although they never had a Bible, they had their way of communicating with Him.”

In the book Myingwa discusses rituals such as imbeleko, lobola, isithembu, umemulo and umhlango. She encourages that these be preserved and continually used with Christianity to inform how African societies progress.

Myingwa says she believes the book might help in tackling some of the many social ills faced in modern African societies in more ways than religion can.

“I want to create awareness among the youth, especially about where they come from and so hope to influence their decision-making in their daily lives,” she says.

“We can use our traditions to promote ubuntu, chastity and all the other good values inherent in them to tackle social issues like HIV/Aids, parentless households, crime and other issues”

The author is a mother of three, a pastor, motivational speaker and a teacher. The book is her eighth publication. She has published books that deal with similar topics to the recent book as well as poetry.

She has written praise poetry for Nelson Mandela, King Goodwill Zwelithini, Sizwe Mchunu and Ray Nkonyeni Municipality mayor­, Cynthia Mqwebu.

The book and her previous ones are available from Ramsgate Stationers or email her on resdev@vodamail.co.za or contact her on 062 788 7423.

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