Books Beyond Words

Madoda Ndlakuse will entertain children with his stories.
Saturday’s episode of Books Beyond Words will feature storyteller, poet, writer and reading activist, Madoda Ndlakuse who will present two of his own stories. 
A day with Onez is a true story about his daughter’s early childhood experience and Ndiziva Ndixhaphazekile (I feel bullied), a folktale about a cow who was bullied in school and how things turned out

“When the lockdown came, like many parents, I was watching everything we take for granted suddenly being whisked away – the parks, movies, friends, schools and more. Stepping out was frowned upon and weekends were very long with nothing to do,” says Ndlakuse.

“I was only too happy to participate when NBW proposed the idea of online storytelling, where it invites authors, raconteurs and even puppeteers. Since connecting in person is not possible right now, we know that the need to connect through sharing stories is stronger than ever. Storytelling is a notable part of African family life.”

The event is hosted by National Book Week (NBW), a joint initiative of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) and the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. 

NBW is dedicated to encouraging leisure reading and promoting the importance of books. It has been inviting storytellers every weekend since the lockdown began in March for a live event to tell children an interesting story, including from their own books.

“Let’s face it, during the week the children are grappling with schoolwork, listening to parent’s Zoom conversations which at times are stressful, getting mixed messages from friends on the pandemic, all this with little to no downtime with parents whom they see 24/7. Staying at home has been chaotic especially for children with no friends to banter with or play. If there was ever a time that parents needed a little help to entertain their kids, it’s now,” says Elitha van der Sandt, CEO, South African Book Development Council.

“What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be okay, and what better than stories that speak of hope, happiness and happily ever after.”

The next event is on Saturday June 6 on NBW’s Facebook page, at 11am.