Book Review: The Greatness Manual by Rabison Shumba

This is one of the best motivational books that have come out of Zimbabwe.

Rabison presented the book in a professional way and with excellence. You can see that he took his time to ensure that each item in the book is in proper place.

Each chapter ends with ‘Points Points’ and ‘Affirmation Points’ to help the readers to sum up the most valuable ideas. A relevant quote from a famous person is also inserted at the bottom. This set up makes each chapter to stand out as a message. Hence reading the book is not boring at all. After all, the idea of the book is to read each chapter and contemplate on it.

This is an everyday book for everyone, a power pack of inspirational motivation.

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In Denial (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

Just as it ended it began

A wave of desperate cries

One cares not how it will dissolve

From ancient times we heard tales

Like prophecy they face us with fire

Why do you dream at all fellow man

Of what benefit has revelation been to you

Leave the old folks to such foolishness

Like flowers we all wither from old age

So enjoy brother in your youth

Keep the accountability to Gods grace

For in time we are all just mere mortals

Run by a system we didn’t choose

Rebellion has been our inner truth

Even with all provided we still complained

So I make up my mind and curse

For no reason but I seem satisfied

Guide myself through violence

For the result is always the same as before

War between flesh and spirit

Vigilante (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

My father always told me to uphold the law

My conscious mind says otherwise

For the law is for the unwise and slaves

I found the guilty and convicted him

His whereabouts the law has no idea

A corpse craving to be discovered

Society mourns the rapist

With praises they burry him and weep

An illusion at every funeral gathering

God is puzzled with the hypocrisy for sure

Scratch my back and I pierce yours

Fate and destiny have their quarrel

Summer heat blows in our faces

Lawmakers give me a grin as I pass

They same law I use as my cornerstone

Yet I feel it has failed our community

At least half my cellmates are innocent

God’s judgement awaits me in the end

Sister Abigail (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

She woke up with a headache

Asked for a pint instead

I see rejection in her expressions

The law failing to enforce her rights

She took her long journey unprepared

Now she has return from the dead

A self imposed exile she endured

I see satisfaction in her eyes

A crime she has failed to hide from me

I won’t let the world have her I swear

Since birth it has done her wrong

The drug dealer is her best friend

With my own money she set herself ablaze

Now I guard the little conscious in her

Til fate do us no good

House of Grace by Jurgen Troy Namupira

House of Grace is a gospel anthology motivated by divine grace which is the main theme. Every poem in the anthology is introduced by a biblical verse to give the poem a greater biblical meaning.

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Jurgen Troy Namupira is a young and enthusiastic Zimbabwean boy based in South Africa studying along the way. He was born in the year 1996 and grew up in Zimbabwe.

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My Words In Volumes – Emotions of A Poet by Musa Gift Masombuka

Have you ever felt that the world inside you is building up into a bitter taste? Has life to you seem to be very promising but at the end the ends couldn’t meet? Have you been spiritually abused? Is life starting to become your worst nightmare and the people closer to you seem to be invisible because you are too absorbed in your thoughts? Is your rosy garden filled with thorns that pricks at you every time happy moments strike? Is life to you becoming more like a daydream dressed like a nightmare, wishing that you could one day wake up and find the storm all over? Are you suffering the emotional torture and life to you has started to be meaningless? How do you feel? Do you have some magic moments you would like to share but do not know how to express them in words? Are you a cupid spreading love to others and want to express it more in a poesy way? Are stuck in a middle of a love struck and would like to get over it? Do you have reminiscent memories that are sheer than the shining moon and beautiful like the night sky full of stars? Life can be wonderful sometimes.

Are you still struggling to forgive and forget about the apartheid leap that has drenched the blood of fellow South Africans? Have you travelled and lived in your friend’s souls and would like to express your emotions about what you experienced? Are you a man of nature and has a thing for the animals and creatures? Do you appreciate your life and very thankful for as long as you breathe? Have you seen the struggle of life? Those horrifying moments when everyone has turned the back on you and felt like you are in your own planet of troubles and helplessness? Have you ever sat down and looked at life from a different angle and see things that not everyone could ever see? Has that helped you enough to can confess that you understand life much better?

Poetry marks one of the shortest ways to express thoughts and emotions, it has been divided into a wide of ranges where writers express themselves in different emotions and situations. Poets put their pens on the paper to console their emotions and also to send us an important message about their experiences in life, they are our messengers of life. Poets and writers have always been regarded as the titanium towers because their souls are undefeatable for they find healing and rehabilitation in their writings. Writing also serves as a big part of the rehabilitation process. No matter how you feel, this book is designed for you with emotions and moments to share.

My Words In Volumes – Emotions Of A Poet has been written for everyone with a troubled soul. It is a book that will help you deal with all your solutions by healing your soul while making you strong. It is again aimed to teach you the important lessons of life and prepares you to all the walks of life. The poems has been carefully selected and well penned for you to get the message while healing your broken soul.

My Words In Volumes – Emotions Of A Poet is well written poetry book with 50 poems that explores emotions of a poet from his personal; public; social and economic experience. It is suited for both school and personal read. It explores different poetic structures; themes and techniques. It’s contents consists of 50 poems; foreword by Indian poet Diapayan Nair; Foreword by English Language and Literature lecture of Chandikol University Prof. Rajendra K. Padhi. It is a best book you’ll ever read.

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Musa Gift Masombuka-born on 1st April 1998, bred in Siyabuswa and grew up at Regae township in Marble Hall, South Africa. First son on his mother’s and last on his father’s side. Went to Mohlah-lane Primary school and Majatladi Secondary school. Published poet at an early age of 15, he published two anthologies and a short story book. He is a writer of mixed genres but mostly based on poetry, he also wrote a novel titled Family Riots which was lost by a good friend of him during the typing procedure. He is an arts activities group leader at his community. A SATMA Awards Best Poet nominee of 2014, Young Writers Awards finalist of 2016 for Best Poet with “The Collected Poems”. Musa has explored South Africa through his writings, reciting poems and accompanying performing artists of his community. He also works as an agent for most of his underground artists whom are dreaming of light, to promote and help them get their talents exposed to the world. He calls his promoting project “Musa Gift Masombuka Artworks” where is working with people like Fana Sooka; Tumelo Ngobeni and Thabang Makena.

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Beneath the Silver Rainbow by M Shah-Luchey

We cannot ruin the fruit within these pages. We cannot spoil it.

But we can tell you it’s quite a journey. Leanora wants to tell you about what happened to her in the eighth grade. She wants to tell you about float time. She wants to discuss motherhood and love. Join her on her journey!

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Author M. Shah-Luchey is the breakout author of Beneath the Silver Rainbow. She writes and enjoys the spoils of the Finger Lakes region of New York where she calls home. Please visit the author website at www.authormshahluchey.com for more details.

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Author Interview – Karabo Mashaphu

Today at Self-Publishing Africa (SPA) we are joined by Karabo Edward Mashaphu (KM). He started writing at a tender age of 14, influenced by Hip-Hop at age 11 as a rap artist, by being able to master rap lyrics from A-Z, executing them precisely with few default, this inspired him to start writing his own lyrics when he was 14. That was basically when his writing journey started. writing lyrics also influenced him to record rap songs to an extent of releasing his own Hip-Hop mix-tape which was self-released in 2010 titled “Esoteric”, containing songs which were recorded from 2008-2009.

In the year 2011 he decided to discontinue with music as he had to focus on his studies. He might have stopped recording but he continued to write lyrics and embarked on a journey to elevate his writing skills to another level by being a poet. This activated his mind into turning his writing abilities into becoming the author that he is today. Karabo strongly believes his words are intelligent and educational enough to awaken mankind.

He thus continuously aspires to expand people’s consciousness and enlighten them about the depth of life as well as by transcending human knowledge.

Karabo believes his words are not only to be kept to himself after writing, but to be spread to many people as possible. He also believes his words of wisdom should be spread globally, that he came into this world with a purpose and one of his purpose is to share his knowledge embedded in his writing with mankind around the globe.

He further mentions that he is not here to motivate anyone, but here to enhance knowledge and enlighten people by sharing his thoughts with everyone who has access to his writing. He explores the endless depths of existence beyond illusions, deceptions and over the veils of ignorance.

(SPA) Welcome Karabo, and thank you for spending time with use at Self-Publishing Africa.

(KM) Thanks to Self-Publishing Africa for giving me the opportunity to be interviewed, I am very much pleased.

(SPA) Can you start by giving our followers a brief background of yourself and where you are coming from?

(KM) Born and bred in Pretoria, went to an Afrikaans Primary School called Laerskool Nellie Swart for 7 Years. I only changed to English when I got to High-School (Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd).

I furthered my studies right after matric at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) where I obtained my Diploma in Entertainment Technology.

I basically started writing when at the age 14, however I started off as a lyricist, grew up being heavily obsessed and influenced by Rap and Hip Hop music. So that is where I got my inspiration from, I changed from being a lyricist into becoming a poet and that’s how I managed to publish my first anthology book in 2013; from being a poet to becoming the author I am today.

(SPA) Where do you get your ideas from?

(KM) Anything I write pops into my mind out of nowhere, I believe and know these ideas come from the way I observe and analyse the world. I am a very inquisitive person and very observant and started becoming very obsessed about gaining knowledge when I was 16. That was when I actually started watching documentaries, I must say while my friends were talking about watching movies and collecting movies; my obsession was to gain knowledge and collect documentaries.

I have literally watched more than 200 documentaries. There is also a possibility that I have watched more than 300. I would say they also had an influence on how I view the world. I would not say my writing ideas also come from there, regardless of the influence they had on me. However I would say documentaries I have watched actually confirmed things I know about, some I have never experienced but somehow know. It’s like I have once lived many years ago before and came back as a new born. I believe and feel I am an old soul. Because of my lifestyle, how I view the world, write and how my decisions are initiated.

So as a result, in terms of writing; my mind tells me what to write just like a leaner during an exam given an essay to write and just like musicians writing lyrics they make up. I am very obsessed about knowledge and wisdom. One of the ways to captivate me, is to feed me with knowledge when talking. In a book I wrote in 2015, I have stated that: “Knowledge is fascinating in puts a smile on my face, for I crave it like a nymphomaniac craving the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge”.

(SPA) Why do you write?

(KM) I write to spark and instill knowledge in peoples mind, wisdom too if possible. I write about daily situations which take place. However, we as people do not always pay special attention to, events and situations which should trigger our minds; to think profoundly and expand our consciousness so that we can comprehend life in a deeper sense and for what it really is. Being able to interpret the smallest of signals life is sending. I write to teach readers to be open-minded and never ignore their intuition, for I believe it is a message that the universe is sending.

I deeply believe and feel that one of the reasons I was brought into this world was to influence and make a positive difference in people’s lives through my words. I give life to words; I basically give birth to words that trigger certain neurons in people’s minds to think profoundly and expand their way of thinking. The knowledge and wisdom in my words is very powerful. My words should be like the undying music that is never forgotten even after millennium years, people should quote me and my work should spread and known globally and God willingly, I will not rest till I get there or achieve that goal.

(SPA) What do you find most appealing about your chosen genre?

(KM) It is very unique, only few people write about concepts I write about, especially South African writers. I write about life, brainwash, indoctrination, propaganda, extra-terrestrials and so forth. It’s weird I know. I write about spirituality, ancestors and God, not only because I taught about some of the things, but because I have experienced those things and have seen them. They are based on personal experiences, some are encrypted, instilled and deeply rooted in my DNA and my soul. I discover, unravel or decipher them gradually as I grow up.

(SPA) How do you deal with bad reviews, rejection and criticism?

(KM) I take them as they come; they are actually a learning curve for me. I actually prefer to be criticized, I take it as constructive criticism as it’s a way for me to grow and improve. I believe there is always something to learn from everyone and always a room for improvement.

(SPA) Karabo, you surely have developed in your writing. Have you published yet? What are you busy with now in terms of writing?

(KM) Yes, I have self-published six books, but I am currently not publishing anything new because I have documentation of scrolls I haven’t published. Once a writer, always a writer and its obvious I still emancipate my thoughts on paper. Writers’ blogs might be there, but I still continue to write and if there is nothing to write about, I never force it. I believe my ideas come when they should.

The Titles of my books are:

  • Formation Of Poetic Rap (2013)
  • The Mind Is A Powerful Weapon (2013)
  • Manifestation Of Esoteric Perceptions (2014)
  • Enlightenment (2015)
  • Gateway To Infinite Wisdom (2016)
  • Exposed (2017)

(SPA) What do you find difficult about book writing?

(KM) Writing continually. I don’t know if I make sense.

(SPA) What is your opinion on self-publishing vs traditional publishing?

(KM) Self-publishing has no boundaries, you can publish in which ever manner you want but has more work because you have to pay the editor, designer of your book, printers with your own money where in traditional publishing, all you have to do is submit your manuscript and if you meet the requirements and write how they instruct you, you get published.

(SPA) What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

(KM) To chase their dreams, be passionate, read and write more. Never wait for a publisher or people to find them but rather chase their dreams and goals of writing. People who are meant to help you, will eventually find you. What is meant to be will always be.

(SPA) If you could go back in time 12 months, what would you advise yourself?

(KM) To advance my marketing skills and interact with more writers and attend book workshops.

(SPA) Who is your favourite author and why?

(KM) I would not say I have a favourite author but rather say I have favourite authors, namely:

  • -Jordan Maxwell
  • -Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa
  • -Manly P. Hall

These people write more or less similar things I write about, I am not saying I have read all of their books, but I have paged through some of their books in books stores and I have mostly read intriguing articles they have written.

(SPA) Do you do book reviews? What type of books do you review?

(KM) I do not book reviews at all.

(SPA) Which email lists are you subscribed to?

(KM) None.

(SPA) How do you interact with other authors? Are you a member of a book club?

(KM) I intact with most authors through Facebook, only met up with a few and have not met most of them in person. I was once part of a book club for a short while but couldn’t attend more often because I was too busy with life, it was in Pretoria and because of work I spent most of my time in Johannesburg.

(SPA) What types of books do you normally recommend to your friends?

(KM) That they should read books based on what they like to read about, for that will make it much easier to fall in love with reading , rather than reading a book you have no idea what it is talking about, that will eventually make you despise reading or discontinue reading.

Reading a book is like watching a TV programme, if you do not like the show; you will not continue watching, but if you like or love what you are watching you will continue. The same rule applies when reading a book or if you want to develop a habit of reading.

(SPA) What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?

(KM) Listening to music and watching music videos, well preferably Hip-Hop music and coming to my full-time job, I am someone who works in the television Industry, well professionally behind the scene. I have worked for 7de Laan, freelanced with Generations The Legacy, worked on a Telenovela/ Drama known as Keeping Score which is currently playing on SABC 2, worked for Amped Africa which will be soon broadcasted on one of the SABC channels,. I have also worked for one of the shows that was playing on Vuzu TV but it’s best if I don’t mention the name for confidentiality purposes. I have also shot music videos with few industry giants and I am currently working elsewhere but I would like to keep it confidential. I do not always want people to know everything about my whereabouts.

I do not own any pets, but once owned 2 birds when I was 6 years of age, which eventually died and I was extremely devastated, so one day when I have my own house I will definitely have birds in my house.

(SPA) Let’s talk about Karabo the man! Give us a bit of your social and family life.

(KM) I am very much antisocial, but prefer to socialise with few friends and spend more time with family for it is everything. I am also extremely obsessed about music and preferably Hip Hop music, I spend most of my time listening to music more than anything.

(SPA) Any final word for our followers?

(KM) Follow your dreams, don’t be deceived and succumb to anyone, train yourself to be a critical thinker, empower yourself, seek knowledge and wisdom, become very observant and be analytical, there is a lot to learn from everyone and especially reality itself. Love what you do. Break rules which imprison you from your own happiness if possible. Writing is a powerful tool utilize it to become successful.

(SPA) Many thanks for this interview, Karabo. Good luck with your writing.

(KM) My sincere gratitude, it been a pleasure to be interviewed by self-publishing Africa.

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At Heaven’s Gate (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

I pray for your souls my beloved

For you forget the depth of your sins

In the past logic and tradition saved you

My laws and commandments you have broken

With a sorrowful face you knock at my gate

The jury is all against you as I weep

Why does mankind listen when told

It was never about you but I of course

Like prodigal sons yet behave like outcasts

Saints and the poor you have neglected

Knowledge and wisdom you denied

My wrath you claim is not for you

My mercy I have exhausted

One dares not get any closer to me

For salt and sugar make tea a nightmare

I thank myself for your existence

Yet weep upon thy destruction

My mighty hand is capable of both by the way

So stand strong and face what I present

Guilt has haunted your generation

Stop knocking at my golden gates.

Boomerang by Temba Magorimbo

Kangira loves the woods. With a tree stuck between his knees, his piercing short handle axe like tool working, his files and other equipment he creates stunning carvings that even the white ruling class come down to his rural home to see. There is a clash when his uncles the chief passes away. According to their customs and culture, Kangira is the next in line but someone else side steps him and claims the crown.

Disappointed, he moves homes down about a hundred kilometres away to start his own clan. Years later he is ailing. Who fathered Richmond adopted by Kangira’s son and a young man who is at home in carpentry and wood carving as well? Why is there such a coincidence?

There is a young lady called Judith in love with Wallace. But why does a man dump a young and lovely wife hundreds of kilometres away in a rural enclave where the facilities are just basic for two years almost. She loses her pregnancy. Years later who is responsible when she falls pregnant in the absence of Wallace?

Judith’s daughter is called Ndanatsiwa. She grows to cause a family circus and furore. She is pregnant at fourteen of a young boy aged nineteen who melts when the fire gets hot. Later on she is into her early thirties and unmarried when she meets Richmond. She worries about Richmond’s past.

One of Kangira’s blood brothers has a son who likes to remind Richmond that he is out of contention in the family will. Ndanatsiwa has a relative or a friend who is spilling out all the beans each time she has a serious date who starts considering marriage. She consoles her misfortunes in her friend Lydia Shashe who is a ravishingly beautiful nursing sister with a degree. Ndanatsiwa is a legal practitioner.

She falls out with Richmond. There is a party, someone has had too much to drink and they berate Richmond on his bachelor status at his age and that he is not of the Kangira family, he was adopted. The cats fly out of the bag and the skeletons out of the closets. Another drunkard pin points the paternal and maternal side of Richmond.

What a firework?

Now that Richmond knows his past and Ndanatsiwa stumbles on her paternity, will it change their future?

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Temba Magorimbo was born on 09 August 1966, Tuesday in the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in Gwelo (then) now Gweru. His father was a British South Africa Police (BSAP) officer from 1960 to 1977 while his mother was a housewife. He grew up circulating Gwelo’s police camps like Mkoba, Mutapa, Old Camp and Monomutapa as the family moved residences until he started school in 1973 at Bumburwi Primary in Mkoba for a term. The family moved to Senga from 2nd term 1973 until he concluded his primary education in 1979. He did his high school briefly (two weeks) at Nashville High in Gweru before moving to Ascot in 1980 until 1983. He is currently married to Itayi with whom they have two daughters. He is a government bursar since 1989.

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