Entertainment - Featured - February 17, 2021

Zim’s radical writer accelerates to stardom

MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy class of 2019-2020 product, Nkosilesisa Kwanele Ncube inked her debut literary published work, “Drafts: 100 Letters I Will Never Send” which proves that she is a versatile writer who wears many hats.

The letters collection is her full-length project after she contributed in other literary projects such as Vagina Monologues Africa and Turqoise Dreams.
BusinessMail had an in depth session with the self-confessed introvert, Ncube who disclosed her creative process works.

“I am a very old soul trapped in a 25 year old’s body. I’m a writer. I write for screen, stage, prose poetry, news, just anything that requires writing, I am an introverted introvert and a Virgo, so I live in my own head a lot.
“My book, is a collection of letters to different people and things that I have encountered throughout my life,” Ncube said.

The young creative aims for familiarity as such readers will be spoilt for choice since her latest offering has various categories laden with noteworthy themes.

“The book is divided into six categories: Family, Friends, God, Boys, People and A Million Little Things. Some of the themes covered include: love, loss, grief, heartbreak, identity and social justice..

“I aim for familiarity. So if anyone despite their race or gender or age or background can see something that I have written and it identifies with their experiences or the experiences of someone they know, then that’s who the story was for,” said Ncube.

The incentive for development of creative output is often diluted by piracy, Ncube somehow devised a way of curbing piracy.

“I have been very selective about the outlets that I use to distribute my book, I am big on hard copies because in the age of the internet, these are the hardest to legally distribute,” Ncube said.

The book’s literary richness is owed to the writer’s wide range of reading which has been necessary for her character development, arc and narrative.

“My writing influences are who I call the Holy Trinity of fiction: Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel and Jodi Picoult. Regionally, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will never be outdone and it would be sinful not to mention the amazing Tsitsi Dangarembga,” Ncube added.

In regards to that, Ncube affirmed that to sustain a bright future of writing there is need to cultivate a better reading culture.
“There are a lot of talented writers that I have encountered and they have so much to offer but I don’t know if the reception is as great as it should be. We can definitely do better and we can definitely read more,” said Ncube.

Being one of the successful candidates of 2019-2020 class of MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy, Ncube shared insightful nuggets pertaining her experience at the academy, the importance of being a well-rounded artiste and the impact she hopes to make to the media industry.

“It’s been a great experience. So much to learn, so many people to learn from and so many ways in which to be better and be better both as an individual and a film practitioner.

“I hope that everything that comes from me is something that people enjoy. I hope it helps people reflect on their lives when reflection is needed and to distract people from life when distraction is what is needed.

“Keep on keeping on. I think. That’s the most important. And learn. Learn your craft, perfect it and never stop learning. There’s no such thing as too much knowledge. Read, learn from other people in the industry. You can never know enough,” Ncube said.

Ncube who is also a journalist, launched her book during the Intwasa Arts Festival at the Bulawayo Theatre.

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