[slideshow_deploy id=’1132’]From this point author Collen Nxumalo
This past week I had the privilege to sit down and interview one of Mzansi’s published author of the book From This Point and nominee for the South Africa’s Literary Awards (SALA), Collen Nxumalo.
The fancy porch area at my work place was where our interview took place, before we even began our interview. He explained to me how nervous he was, but I found it hard to believe, because those that know him would gladly tell of how comical he is. I then realized that he actually was a bit nerve-wrecked, which was kind of odd. But I guess he’s only human like the rest of us.
I asked him to tell me a bit about who he is, he explained that he is a soft spoken guy from a township called Likazi in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. He further told me that Likazi is apparently the most “happening” township in Mpumalanga. But I thought he was probably saying all of this because Likazi is his hood,lol. Collen conveyed to me that he didn’t have a lot of friends growing up, just a few acquaintances that he used to go to Cyril Clark high school with.
How was the author’s childhood like? Collen grew up in a loving home with his mother and siblings, but his father was not at all in the “happy family portrait”. And because of his absent father he turned to writing as a way to deal with life’s challenges. That’s when he got himself a diary (yes a diary) and started jotting down everything that he would have liked to share with his father. Writing became a way of life for Collen. He says up to this day he still enjoys putting everything on paper and that he will continue to do so for as long as he can.
The young author’s role models are Tupac Shakur and Zola, and I asked why exactly those particular two. He says he can relate to them as both grew up without fathers. But they rose against all odds and became what he refers to as “ghetto stars”. Even though he didn’t utter this to me, I think he also considers himself one. He says he is passionate about helping and motivating others, he fulfills his passion by visiting schools , giving motivational talks and donating his books to the youth of Mzansi.
He mentioned to me that his second book (which is also a collection of poems) is coming out end of July 2013. It is title “Heaven is a better place”. He promised to at least publish one book every year in the next coming five years. We will definitely hold him to this promise.
You can follow the author on twitter @collennxumalo and Facebook: Collen Nxumalo.