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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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