that the contributions she got via social mber of Facebook fan pages were started ed much-needed insight into what her he could go next with the story. her active WhatsApp group in honour of eeks I was subjected to frantic messages nces who needed to share the heartache reading the series. est thing that could happen to creative is rife and, at the end of the day, the hing for me is that I own my work. I’m of my own money for my own idea goes to a publisher.” the family of the eight Zulu brothers t working as taxi drivers in Johannesburg forced to flee their rural KwaZulu-Natal llage, Busani-Dube says that she wrote y women are able to accept the flaws of e. e already read the books – I understand ng – Mqhele Zulu is her favourite brother. ate to a fault. He is the first of the oman who enters their lives and pushes reat success, while indirectly forcing them he past. Hlomu and Mqhele have a toxic k and handsome but have fatal flaws. g, insecure and even abusive. Still, even as a woman, you find yourself wanting them to better themselves and to keep their relationships together.
“I wasn’t trying to give life lessons with these books; I just wanted something that was raw, black and African,” the writer says when I ask about why things unfold in the way they do.
As a reader, you are conflicted about the way in which the women respond to certain situations, but it doesn’t make them any less real for most women in this country. Most readers will know someone like the women or experience parts of themselves in the events as they unfold, be it having to introduce your boyfriend to very traditional parents or having to undergo traditional ceremonies which you know little about. Or having to confront a cheating husband.
Busani-Dube is currently working on the fourth and last book in the series. Hlomu the Wife; Zandile the Resolute; and Naledi His Love all tell the story from the perspectives of the women as they encounter the Zulu brothers.
The final instalment will be from the perspectives of the brothers, with more about how they left KZN to work in Johannesburg and how they made their way to the top of the food chain, while having to raise each other in the absence of their parents.
To those who have written their own stories of black people, Busani-Dube says the most important thing is to have ownership of your intellectual property and to be unyielding about telling your story the way you want it to be told, even in the face of an unforgiving publishing space.
Once the final book is complete, she will look to do a relaunch in Johannesburg, as well as a tour of the country. Visit myafricanbuy.com
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