19 September 2018


Teenage Vryburg author publishes second book   

by: Obakeng Maje    date: 01 June 2018

A young writer from Vryburg, Lesego Natalia Ndima (17), has published her second book. 
Ndima - a Grade 12 learner at Vryburg High School in Vryburg - is a stern advocate for reading. She said people, especially school children, need to embrace reading to improve their literacy.
She said reading plays an important role in children's growth, creativity and well-being in the widest possible sense.
“I started developing the love for writing at a tender age. I was in Grade 3 when we were given an essay assignment and that is where I found my niche in writing. I started to write short stories and published my first book called Adopted and Abducted in 2016. 
“This novel narrates a story of a young girl who was adopted at a younger age, but met her real parents after she had grown up. Now, after she realised that those who raised her were not her biological parents, she decided to run away. Unfortunately, she was abducted by the same family that raised her,” Ndima said.
This year Ndima published another book called Inside the Broken Soul. She told Semphete that all her books are doing fairly well in the market.
“I am working with a world-renowned writer, Freddy Nyama, who is my manager. I met Mr Nyama through my father and he assisted me a lot to develop my writing skills. I would like to write more books in the future. The aim is to touch more people through my writing skills and change the world for the better.
“I am not concerned that many people do not read, however, I would like to encourage our youth to spend more time reading. We need to ensure that more people understand the wider role of reading in order to build a new, much more effective and holistic approach to life,” Ndima said.
The young author is also a motivational speaker. She stays with her father who works for the Department of Public Works and Roads in Vryburg, and her siblings. Ndima said she enjoys spending time with her family, but unfortunately her mother who’s a policeman is based in Pretoria.
“My family is amazing and it gives me the necessary support. My parents always encourage us to study hard and they believe in education. I want to study medicine next year after finishing my matric. Maybe going to Cuba will be a great idea.
“I am planning to visit schools to inspire the culture of reading. Reading contributes to children's lives more broadly and we must also encourage government to build more libraries in our areas,” Ndima said.
She said young children must use social media correctly and download books on various online websites. Ndima said it is also important to have book clubs. 
“We are originally from Soshanguve in Pretoria, but we moved this side after my father was transferred here. I received a warm welcome and I feel part of the Vryburg community now. It is important to empower each other as individuals so that we can eradicate poverty, inequality and unemployment. 
“We also have socio-economic challenges that are affecting young people such as crime, poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, unemployment as well as the HIV and AIDS pandemic. We need to seek guidance from our parents and ensure that we work together to fight against these challenges,” Ndima said.
Those who want to order her books can contact her Manager, Freddy Nyama, on 0763941127 or  0767662129