The Eastern Cape born Mente, started writing during her high school years inspired by her English teacher Ms Van Zyl.
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Her book examines challenges faced by women in Africa and spreads a message of overcoming these challenges through hope and healing.
She says the book was inspired by a group of young girls she mentors at her church in Khayamandi. The aim is to educate the community on issues of poverty, slavery and sexual violence, she says.
Don’t be discouraged and don’t give up, just hold on and believe that you are not defined by your background— Simbongile Mente
[Watch] Simbongile Mente speaks about her book 'Africa’s Daughters with their Everyday Lives'.