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Author Jackie Phamtose. (Photo: Supplied)
Author Jackie Phamtose. (Photo: Supplied)

INTERVIEW: Jackie Phamtose

I went looking for Jackie Phamtose at the Mall of Africa in Midrand. It is a crowded and shiny marketplace, boasting almost every desirable for the upwardly mobile (and aspiring). After being dropped off by Uber, I was immediately lost in the marketplace. I asked for help at the HP store because I use a Hewlett Packard computer. A young man directed me, with confidence … to Bargain Books. After several asks and a battle figuring out the location on a touch screen, I found bestselling author Phamotse at her book-signing event at Exclusive Books, sitting confidently next to a beautifully merchandised collection of her titles.

Her first of her series of Bare novels, titled Bare I: The Blesser’s Game was published in 2017 and garnered the African Icon Literary Award in Nigeria. Bare II: The Cradle of the Hockey Club (2019) was also very popular and she wrote I Tweet What I Like (So Sue Me!) inspired by the title of Steve Biko’s seminal work, I Write What I Like. She followed with Bare III: Ego in 2020 and launched Bare IV: Mercy this year. Her publishing company, Phamotse & Co, produces all her adult titles as well as the Liwa children’s books series, Liwa: Oh Mama, it’s Red Apples, Liwa and Noel, and Liwa and Nomfie, Chasing Sunsets.

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