Interview with Bonginkosi Tatemntwini

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town known as Port St Johns in Lutengele village. Since I grew up in village I am transpired to write about traditional and cultural activities done by the elders. I am also passionate about the my cultural background and I sorely believe in traditional religion.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2012.
What motivated you to become an author?
My traditional religion inspired me through observation of current incidents that happen nowadays which never took place during the era of our grand-fore fathers. And also the silence of our elders has provoked me to speak about the ongoing loss within African society.
What is your writing process?
I observe and listen to the speaking of my ancestors through the spirits and i meditate and then write what the spirit said.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? What was it about?
Yes, the first story I wrote Is about INTSOKOLO. It is all about the struggles I encountered during my childhood after my father's departure.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of being an author is to speak out severe pain and heal myself from it, I also touch people's hearts through my writing, this means that my stories can build a nation.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Akwaba by Dr Thenjiswa Ntwana is the first Xhosa drama book I ever read-the book warns youth on how to deal with challenges such as HIV and poverty.
What are your five favourite books, and why?
Nyana wam! nyana wam! —it encourages about education
Ityala lamawele-taught us more about tradition and cultural activities
AMAZA-talks more about current issues and challenges
Akwaba-warns youth on how to deal with challenges such as HIV and poverty
NOTHING but theTruth-tells us more issues during apartheid era
What do you read for pleasure?
Bible and Isihlabelelo samaNazaretha.
What do your readers mean to you?
My readers are life to me, because they inspire me to write more and acquire more knowledge and wisdom
Published 2019-05-31.
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Books by This Author

Thumani Mna
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 3,200. Language: Xhosa. Published: August 9, 2019. Categories: Poetry » African Poetry
Incwadi ethi Thumani mna yingqokelela yemibongo endiyibhale ngenxa yeziganeko ezikruna imiphefumlo ezehlayo mihla le. Isihloko esithi "Thumani mna " njengangoko ilizwe liguqukile umhlab' unyikima iziganeko ezehlayo zisishiy'sibamb'ongezantsi izandla zingqombo kuthe cwaka kwabanolwazi.