Local authors pen books on womanhood and how to make Africa a better place

Two South African authors have shared the insights and inspiration behind their new literary projects.

Author Malebo Sephodi has written a memoir, titled Miss Behave, which challenges society’s beliefs about what it means to be an obedient woman.

At the same time, Greg Mills has co-authored a book along with former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo and other writers, titled Making Africa Work.

Miss Behave

Sephodi says books have always played an important role on her life, but she never considered herself a writer.

Because books saved my life, literally, I've become close to them.

Malebo Sephodi, author

Sephodi explains that her book speaks to her journey as feminist and a black woman trying to find her autonomy.

It also addresses violent masculinities and the experiences of other black women who internalise oppression.

Two of her favourite books include Down Second Avenue by Es'kia Mphahlele and We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo.

Making Africa Work

Mills says his latest project moves away from diagnosing the problem facing governance on the Continent, and offer practical remedies.

This books tries to take lessons, and not just describe what the problems are.

Greg Mills, author

It's about describing what the solutions look like and how we can go about putting them into place.

Greg Mills, author

He explains that the combined authorship has helped infuse all the political possibilities into the book, offering various perspectives from the writing team.

Take a listen to the engaging conversation on both books:

Image: @malebosephodi on Twitter.


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