JOHANNESBURG: The Bulawayo born author Butholezwe Mpofu popularly known as UmtakaMaDlamini in arts circles is set to host a book review this weekend in Johannesburg-Hilbrow. The event is scheduled to kick-off at 15:30 and end at 18:00, this Sunday at Hot Pot room, corner kaptein and Edith Carvel Streets in Hillbrow.
“The guest list is composed of fellow upcoming and established authors, a few surprise Ndebele language experts to help in terms of critiquing the syntax of the book. More so entrance is free provided you have read the book,” Mpofu said.
The 34-year-old author who is a also an expert in plumbing, and has worked for various government departments in Zimbabwe, is one of the key founding members of ‘Abalobi bakithi,’ a group known for producing Ndebele novels across Limpopo.
“I am one of the founding members for Abalobi bakithi alongside Lima, Mzamo Dube, Meluleki Vodloza and others. In 2013 I got a breakthrough when Abalobi bakithi published a hit entitled ‘Izigigaba Zakwandonga ziyaduma,’ then in 2014 I published my solo novel entitled ‘Eyamasi Kayilulami.’ I went on to help other upcoming writers within the ranks of our writers ensemble until 2017 when I decide to publish another book entitled ‘Isalakutshelwa Sibona Ngomopho.’
In his second novel,the author talks of Sikholiwe, a girl born from a poverty stricken family, who by chance gets the best education. her main flaw is that she is too arrogant towards her own family and thus suffers unbearable pains as she is caught in the middle of nowhere,fortunate enough her parents are willing to welcome her back.
Mpofu further confirmed that the review is meant to be an eye opener to other aspiring writers who run a risk of writing for the sake of writing. He said he has selected a few surprise speakers who will at least motivate fellow writers.