South African rap music sensation Sho Madjozi is now taking a different career after unveiling her maiden children’s book.
Madjozi, born Maya Wegerif says her late sister inspired her to pen this book titled Shoma and The Stars as it went on sale this week.
Armed with a degree in creative writing, Sho Madjozi wrote the story as a tribute to her younger sister Makhanani “Nyeleti” Maganye, who died in a car accident in 2019.
Despite her recognised talents as a rap musician, Madjozi says she fell in love with the power of writing at a tender age and cherished gifts from her parents in the form of books.
“I was inspired by my young fans who became my little sisters when I lost mine,” she tells TshisaLIVE.
“My young fans, whom I call the ‘The Sho Madjozi Stars’, motivated me to keep going. A few days after I lost my sister, thousands of girls rocked colourful Sho Madjozi braids.
“They were like bright little stars when my life felt so dark. I remember crying when I saw that. It was so touching. My young fans gave me the strength to keep going. They are my biggest inspiration and, with this book, I want to encourage them to celebrate being daring and different.”
Giving a glimpse of what the book entails, Madjozi says the book is all about a little girl called Shoma who grows up in a South African village.
The book tells the story of Shoma learning to accept loss, navigate life as an outsider and learn that her uniqueness is her power.
“I have loved words all my life. I have been writing poems and stories since I was seven years old,” she added.
“Even my introduction to music was through writing. The only difference is now I’m writing lyrics. I am so glad I was a bookworm, or I wouldn’t be who I am today.”
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