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Naledi Confessions: A book addresses social mischief

Publishing Date : 30 April, 2018

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

A new book titled, ‘Naledi Confessions’ authored by Rorisang Mogojwe triggers diverse emotions as it addresses real life issues especially those common amongst young people.  The book was launched this Monday at the Art Gallery National Museum.


Mogojwe is known for her notable work in the media industry, not only as a news reporter and reader at Yarona FM but also an editor at Pristine Online Magazine. She has written an online blog where she shared stories which had great support such as, ‘Chronicles of a GC side chick’. The Gabane native also has a strong knack for the written word. Recently, she added another gemstone to her profile by launching her first book. Speaking at her book brunch, she said that although at first she was hesitant to write a book as her colleagues suggested, she finally got sold.   


“I started off writing in 2015 in my Facebook, about ‘Chronicles of a Gc side chick,’ which had a great following and Batswana really loved it. Batswana are really hungry for such stories. Meanwhile, my colleagues suggested I write a book, at first I was hesitant, but the more I thought about it the more it started making sense,” she said. Amongst those rallying behind her, was her colleague, Fox Phatsimo, who shares the same office space as her, who  explained that the idea was firstly discussed in a newsroom and they never thought that one day it will be actualised.


The book highlights issues that people go through.”Some experiences are personal,” Phatsimo highlighted. “In a hectic schedule she found time to write a book and amongst some of the stories, some she experienced as a woman. She is living girl power and not preaching girl power,” he added.


In an interview with WeekendLife, Mogojwe explained that she is excited that she has finally released her book since this has always been her dream. “One of my dreams in life has been achieved, and I am so happy,” she said “It is not only about me but about the literature industry. Even as us journalist as we continue to grow, we should diversify as well,” she added.


She acknowledges her ability to challenge readers emotionally, implying that readers should expect a lot of diverse emotions. “I like to give people something to take home after reading the book, like a thought and they should also expect a little food for thought. Something they can talk about over coffee or a meal,” she said. Mogojwe explained that on her journey to compile a book, she received her own fair share of challenges.


“Writing the book on its own was not a problem. It just took me a little longer because I have a day job and working in the media industry you are always busy. So the little time I had, I spent it mostly in writing the book. It took me over a year to put it together. I had a tough challenge with sponsors. A lot of sponsors want to see the product out, before they can put their money to it. They are not going to support it at the get go,” she said.


She further said that her Facebook blog, ‘Chronicles of a GC side chick’, had a great follow up and she had to close it down because she could not keep up with the demand because of her day job. “People wanted updates now and then and I could not keep up with the demand. That is when I realized that people are hungry for the stories, so why not put up a book together,” she highlighted.


Mogojwe is a columnist at Echo Newspaper, where she explores a lot of issues to do with relationships. She admits to have personally suffered from depression and it has always been something that she kept to herself. In her book as well, she shared about her battle for depression and other issues.


“Depression is real. So real. Unfortunately mental health in Botswana has remained in the shadows, with those who suffer from it dismissing it as ‘just being under the weather’ or friends and family waving it off as ‘a white man’s disease’. For the few who are aware that they are depressed, getting help or knowing where to go is not public knowledge,” she lamented in chapter 16. The book addresses life issues especially those common amongst young people. If you are a fanatic of books of this calibre then Naledi Confessions is specially made for you.

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