SA teen pens book to inspire his peers

2016-10-09 15:00
 14 years old, Karabo Nkoli from Sasolburg has already surpassed his peers by becoming one of the country’s youngest authors. His non-fiction book titled Whispers of Life is aimed at teenagers and seeks to motivate and inspire the youth of the country to become leaders and succeed at their life goals.

14 years old, Karabo Nkoli from Sasolburg has already surpassed his peers by becoming one of the country’s youngest authors. His non-fiction book titled Whispers of Life is aimed at teenagers and seeks to motivate and inspire the youth of the country to become leaders and succeed at their life goals.

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At just 14 years old, Karabo Nkoli has already surpassed his peers by becoming one of the country’s youngest authors.

“I would like my book to inspire the youth of this country to take on leadership roles,” he said. “I believe that, with hard work, you can accomplish anything. I would like to encourage the youth to work hard.”

Nkoli told City Press he was prompted to write after noticing that many of his peers felt “an overwhelming sense of despair and lacked self-esteem”.

Born in Sasolburg in the Free State, Nkoli holds former president Nelson Mandela in high regard, saying the late ANC stalwart has had an immensely positive influence on him and his life.

His nonfiction work is titled Whispers of Life and, like Madiba once did, seeks to motivate the youth to succeed.

“My friends are proud of me. After they heard that I had written a book, they told me that I was going to be the next president of the country,” laughs Nkoli.

Asked how his parents felt about his book, he said: “They were shocked when I told them I had completed my book.”

He would like to become a doctor or lawyer one day.

His writing quest began in February last year, when he started putting his thoughts down on paper in between attending classes and finishing his Grade 7 school year.

By November, he had completed the 80-page book, which is filled with inspirational quotes.

“My book focuses on mothers in our society, as well as the violence here and across the world, the hardships people go through and how they can overcome them if they just change their mind-set and believe in themselves.”

Nkoli is in Grade 8 at Afrikaanse Hoërskool Sasolburg.

Writing is not his only hobby – he is also an avid sprinter, and takes part in the 100m and 200m sprints with the school’s athletics team.

Last week, Nkoli received praise from former president Thabo Mbeki and ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada.

“I managed to set up a meeting with them at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation in Johannesburg to show them my book. They were really impressed,” he said.

Whispers of Life is set to launch on October 22 and will be available at all bookstores for R150.

Nkoli can be contacted on karabo.nkoli.7@gmail.com

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