Local novelist inspired by loss

Tears of an African Widow by Dorah Nomhle Skondo-Klaas

Local author, Dorah Nomhle Skondo-Klaas, recently launched her novel, Tears of an African Widow. It highlights the challenges and complications brought about by the loss and the pain suffered by widows.

Following the death of her mother, Skondo-Klaas’s father had to raise 10 children alone. “My father had to raise 10 children alone after the death of my mother, without any assistance from his or my mother’s family. I was the last-born and only 23 months old when my mother passed on. I also watched my siblings trying to make sense of their loss whilst trying to understand and survive the challenging cultural and traditional restrictions imposed on them. These did not only have an impact on them but to the whole family that had to change their ways of living for a minimum of 12 months,” she said.

Dorah Nomhle Skondo-Klaas

“I was 40 years old when I successfully traced my mother’s family and got to know their reasons for not attending my mom’s funeral and why they did not assist my father or check on us. We were left baffled by their reasons,” she added. Her family’s struggles inspired her to write this book with the hope of highlighting and stimulating a debate that will enable and empower an African widow and, hopefully, widows around the globe.
“Writing this book took longer than expected and I would like to thank my family for their support throughout the journey. Without their support, I would not have reached any of my achievements,” said Skondo-Klaas.

To order a copy of the book, contact Dorah Nomhle Skondo-Klaas on 072-828-5813 or send an email to dorahskondo24@gmail.com.

Seithati Semenokane