Almost two years after having released her first Sesotho novel, Bohale ba tlhaka, Matseko Ramotekoa is at it again.
This time around, the freelance journalist and storyline writer from Botshabelo has chosen a subject that is close to her heart. The title of Matseko’s latest offering is Nna lebitso la ka ke Amohelang. “It is named after my son Amohelang. When I first heard about the outbreak pf the Coronavirus in China, I went on with my life as I believed that it would never affect South Africans.
“When President Ramaphosa first announced the national lockdown, I realised that none of us is safe. My son, who is normally very inquisitive, would often ask me questions about the virus. Although I was still trying to understand the virus myself, I realised that my son depended on me.”
That is when Matseko decided to put her frustrations on hold and write a book as a gift to her son and his friends. With the help of Paul Modupe, a local graphic designer, she started to put the book together.
“I was encouraged to write the book after Mondli Mvambi, spokesperson for the Free State Department of Health, had paid me a compliment after listening some of the episodes I wrote about the pandemic for Lesedi FM’s daily soapie, Monyaka.
“The Botshabelo Writers’ Club and the Bangodi ba Sesotho Writers Association also played a huge role in the publication of the book. Ntate Thapelo Moraka, who is one of the best writers in South Africa, has put his hectic schedule on hold and helped me to edit the book.”
Matseko is hoping to launch the book at the Lebelo Primary School in Section D, Botshabelo soon. The books are sold at R100 a copy. People who are interested in obtaining a copy, can contact Matseko on 083 218 6529.