Lebogang Maragelo is a visionary, who often describes herself as a reluctant writer, critical thinker, leader and hopeless optimist whose greatest fear is the rampant cynicism that threatens to consume her hope for the future.
She is a Philomath who is currently studying Law and Political Studies in a South African university, her passions include social justice and the socio-economic liberation of Africa. Beyond that, Lebogang spends her time immersed in mentorship and entrepreneurial work with her Non-Profit organisation- Phetogo Foundation. Her hope is to constantly engage with the world around her and ensure that it is freed from what she has come to call ‘the plague of denialism’.
Who are your favorite authors?
Earl Lovelace, Buchi Emchetta, Cathy Glass, Zakes Mda, Ngugì wa Thiongó and Jodi Piccoult are the authors that come to mind immediately but I can assure you they aren't the only ones. I have read hundreds of book, and I don't ever remember completely hating one, so in reality I have hundreds of favorite authors that range from fictional to academic writers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that someone, somewhere will someday read my work and have a piece of me with them forever, just like I have pieces of authors that I have read throughout my lifetime.
Like thousands of others, Paballo is an African young girl who is forced to prematurely see the world around her as cruel and unfortunate. Her story is about loss, pain, depression and death but hidden in between the lines of this book lies a powerful story about love that is found in the strangest of places and the gift of life that is so easily taken away.