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Local author publishes book amid adversity

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MAINTAINING sight of a goal in times of adversity is something many a person struggles to do, with only a few staying true to the course.

Nkosinathi Bakadela is a living testimony of perseverance amid the hardships and turmoil that life can throw at a person.

The Zwide–based author recently penned a book, titled Overcoming Adversity, which is meant to encourage readers to persevere and remain consistent in their efforts to achieve their dreams.

The 13-chapter book tells a story of a life lived through hardships, pain and illness, which saw him contemplating giving up, but he stood firm and soldiered on.

“Working on the book has been a journey that I undertook following ups and downs that I had to endure for the better part of my life.

“I went from being a child who walked a long distance to go to school, to not being able to walk, with doctors not being able to provide a clear diagnosis, and even resorting to suggestions of amputation, which my parents refused to give consent,” the author said.

He added that he spent the better part of three years going in and out of hospitals, “I would miss out on a lot of school work leading to me failing Grade 12 on more than one occasion.”

All this, however, did not bring any discouragement to the resolve of a determined Bakadela. He continued to pursue his dream despite the obstacles placed in front of him.

“I could have easily given up, even contemplated it, but that was not an option, that is why the book includes different chapters ranging from the importance of accepting failure and trying again to encouraging readers to be steadfast in their resolve to achieve the goals that they set for themselves,” he said.

His perseverance saw him finish high school and even enrolling at the University of South Africa (Unisa) for a degree in law.

Like many other authors, Bakadela had doors closed in his face in his attempts to get published, prompting a decision to go at it himself.

  • The book is available at R250 through directly contacting the author on 073 076 3420, alternatively via e-mail at
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