Thato Oscar Mokhudu (19), a self-driven young man, has authored a book titled James. Mokhudu, who started writing the book when he was fifteen says his journey only started the day he was given the contact details of a publishing house.
“My English teacher, Ms. Dube knew about my book and one day brought me the contact details of Flow Publishing Company. That’s when my dream was realised,” Mokhudu said.
The book was launched on June 22, at the Johannesburg City Library in celebration of Youth Month.
Mokhudu says his book covers the ills faced by teenagers including teenage pregnancy, drug use and bullying.
“The book aims to inspire people of all age groups especially those who are eager to educate themselves but are faced with impediments. The central message is that one must not be defined by one’s challenges but by their one’s ability to overcome them,” Mokhudu said.
This is a short story of a young man named James, who finds himself in a predicament that so many young people are in.
He is grappling with the challenges of adolescent, poverty, peer pressure, and a society mixed by crime and drug abuse. He has difficult choices to make, and as a young person he inevitably makes some fatal ones.
The book has seven chapters and questions for each chapter. This story is moving and will appeal to anyone who wants to know about the challenges facing young people in an African contemporary society.
While the book is not his only achievement, Mokhudu is also a part of Bohlale Literature Academy and does motivational speaking at schools.
The book can be purchased directly from Mokhudu. He can be contacted on 076-977-9734 or 062-076-4723 or email [email protected].