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How Buhle Ngaba penned 'The Girl Without A Sound' to empower young black girls

The Girl Without A Sound is a children's book written to empower young black girls with moonlight in their skin, explains author and activist Buhle Ngaba.

The 25-year-old wrote the story, inspired by her dear aunt, and then developed it into a digital book earlier this year.

In just a few months, Ngaba has had the novel published and the Centre for Early Childhood Development has funded her to print her first 500 hard copies.

As a result of the book's success, she was chosen as one of Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans for 2016, in the arts and culture category.

She says her hopes are to get the book to many parts of South Africa, in as many translations, as possible.

The book is a call to action. It has to reach who it was intended for.... I wrote this for the one's with moonlight in their skin, so I intend making sure that it gets there.

Buhle Ngaba, author and actress

The book retails at R250, and when you purchase a book, one is given to a young girl in need, for free.

Listen to the full conversation:

Visit the The Girl Without A Sound website to order a copy.

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