Salamina Mosese, an actress, is the latest celebrity to publish a kid’s book. The mother of two announced on social media on Wednesday that she is now a published author. Later this month, her children’s book Disaster at Gogo’s Spaza will be available in bookstores.
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Mosese, who is well known for playing Ella on “Abo Mzala,” informs the media that she began writing the book under lockdown while enrolled in an online writing school. “I challenged myself to try and write a book for a child like my daughter that would be entertaining, light-hearted and entirely South African,” said Salamina.
Mosese, who enjoys reading a lot herself, claims that she has always been passionate about writing and storytelling and that she always knew she would one day write books. She just had no idea that her first novel would be for young readers. “This is a dream come true, and I pinch myself almost hourly because I can hardly believe that it finally happened. I have always loved writing. I have run a blog for many years. It’s called a Page in my book because I always knew that I would write a book one day. I just didn’t think it would a children’s book”
She said that the inspiration for the book came from her nieces, nephews, and daughter Tumi.”I wanted to write a book that captured the beauty of the relationships that children have with each other and of course, with communities, my first born, Tumi, is a voracious reader, so I am always searching for new books for her to read. And because I want her to be able to also read about characters that remind her of herself, we read a lot of African books.” said the 39-year-old.
Mosese says if there’s one thing she would like for South African children and adults alike it is to walk away knowing “our stories matter, no matter how small we think they are.”Mosese continued by saying that while creating the book’s character of Gogo, she was moved by memories of her dear grandmother.”I know she is smiling from heaven because she always encouraged me to keep trying new things and this chapter of my life is a new thing.”
Mosese joins the likes of Carol Ofori, a radio host and TV host who recently debuted a children’s picture book series titled The African Adventures of Sena and Katlego. While Cory In The Universe by Miss South Africa 2016 Ntando Kunene was released in 2020, Shudufhadzo Musida, Miss South Africa 2020, also published a children’s book last year titled Shudu Finds Her Magic.
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On July 16, the book’s debut release will take place at Exclusive Books in Melrose Arch. The book will be freely accessible to all national and internet booksellers, including Loot.