Accidental author does it his way in new book
A BORROWED laptop, R7 in the bank and 19 days is all it took for Eastern Cape-born Hlumelo Nyaluza to pen one of the most uniquely structured self-help books.
is about Nyaluza’s philosophy to enable ordinary people to fulfil their destiny using the little they have.
The 26-year-old, who calls himself an accidental author, says the book enables the reader to challenge norms and stay ahead of their peers.
“Growing up, I’ve always been a kid who was curious. I’ve always had an obsession with magic. Every time I’d see superheroes, I’d tell my dad I wanted to be one. At 6 or 7 years old I’d lock myself up in my room and pray for magic with some sort of a magic wand.
“I realised that there are people who are doing magical things with the magic wand – people like Patrice Motsepe, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates.
“So after I noticed that type of magic, I think I wanted to do all the magic that all the influential people do,” says Nyaluza.
How the book came about bears testament to Nyaluza doing things differently and creating magic.
“When I wrote the book I did a 27-hour slot for an online radio station. It was around Nelson Mandela Day so everyone was doing their 67 minutes but I decided to do things differently because I’ve always been that person.
“I decided to talk on radio for 27 hours. I shared my philosophy, my philosophy of human navigation, looking at how humans can move from nothing to everything, and how they can go outside of the norm to be ahead of their peers. I shared that philosophy on radio.”
Nyaluza broke a record on that radio station as more than 13 countries listened to the show. Listeners contacted the station asking to buy the podcast. That’s when he decided to write the book.
“I never knew anyone who was a writer, I just structured it. And when I started writing, I got lost in it.”
Several features make the book stand out from other offerings on store shelves: The first chapter is at the end; the contents page is numbered in reverse; and every chapter title has the letters H and N which represent his initials and the Human Navigation philosophy.
“People need book concepts that capture them from just the cover.
“The title is upside down, the table of contents is in a descending manner.
“The first page is right at the back and then you read it backwards,” he says.
The book is available at select Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and CNA stores across the country.