Mpumalanga “Sidla busha betfu” author praises Swazi culture


Perseverance Nkosi

(1)(Q) CAN YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

My name is Perseverance Nkosi. Born and raised at Pinari KaMsogwaba. I attended my Primary School at Duma, my high school at Hillaria Mthethwa Secondary School, studied for Diploma in Public Management at Tshwane University of Technology. I worked at the Department of Culture, Sport n Recreation under Language Services for 3 years. Currently studying South African Sign Language at the University of Wits Watersrand. I love reading and writing, I enjoy playing music very load and I love Kwaito.

(2)(Q) HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO WRITE A BOOK

Writing was my hobbie from a very young age, during school holidays I used to sit under the tree at home with a book and a pen on my hand writing. I remember back in high school when we were given a certain tittle and instructed to write two and a half pages I ended up written 5 pages and try to cut off words to make it 2 and a half page as instructed. In Janaury 2012 I was sitting and writing as usually, I thought of a way that I could use to send a message to the youth, to warn and equip each other about the danger of abusing alcohol, drug abuse, engaging in sex with different partners and how to get out of bad past with a sharp mind and a lesson learned.

(3)(Q) WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN AUTHOR

Mr Matsebula, my Siswati high school teacher he always told me that he likes the way I write my stories, that got me thinking that 1 day I would love to write a Novel in Siswati.

(4)(Q) WHY DO YOU THINK THE LANGUAGE SISWATI IS IMPORTANT TO THE YOUTH

Siswati its our Language we must take pride in it, the youth of today feel embarrassed when speaking Siswati, they feel as if they are not smart enough cause everyone is speaking English in social media. IF we don’t take pride in this language of ours it will die. Generations to come wont know about the roots of our language.

(5)(Q) DID YOU EVER ATTENDED UMHLANGA CEREMONY IN SWAZILAND

Yes from 2001 to 2003.

(6)(Q) WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT SWAZI CULTURE

Siswati culture is good especially Umhlanga Ceremony it encourages girls to keep their virginity, abstain from sex and that protect them from sexually transmitted dieses. I also feel culture is concentrating more on the girls and forgetting about the boys, boys need restrictions too, if culture only teaches a girl how to behave a boy child will come an distruct the girl mind. We must remember hormones are high here its easy to be fooled in the name of love. What im basically saying is that boys and girls must be equally educated when it comes to culture.

(7)(Q) WHAT IS YOUR THE MESSAGE TO THE YOUTH THAT LOOKS UP TO YOU

To the youth that looks up to me, I say im not perfect, I make lot of mistakes but each new day I try my level best to be a better person than I was yesterday and I try to look for a lesson in every situation, I believe there is no obstacle that comes and go without teaching us something , as a young person don’t let your back ground define you, you must know that its not genes that makes you but its how you decide to live your life. Stop focusing on what people says about you concentrate on what you say to yourself about your life, tell yourself that no matter what I will make it and don’t forget God gives the toughest battle to his strongest soldiers im sure you are one of them.

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