Byline: Nonjabuliso Nhlambo

25 January 2022

Suprise Naledi Mokgethwa is a young aspiring poet who recently had a poetry book published.

Born and breed in the outskirts of Limpopo in a small village called Makgophong, the aspiring poet who recently completed her matric aims to be successful in the poetry world.

According to Naledi, she started writing at the age of 14 whilst doing grade 8 which she says was inspired after she read Maya Angelou’s poem called “Still I rise”, and that is when her writing skills kicked-in.

Maya Angelou is Naledi’s role model and she regard her as someone she would become in the next coming years.

“I wrote many poems in my diary.

At the age of 16, that’s when I decided that I want to publish my own poetry book.

I saw that publishing my own book is costly, that’s why I decided to do a compilation.

“When I was busy scrolling on Facebook, I was mentioned in a post about a book compilation. It was in March during lockdown in 2020 when I decided to contact the publishing company Samnko Books, and I was given a chance to be part of the compilation,” said Naledi narrating her journey of the book “Poetry lockdown”.

The young poetess didn’t face any challenges in her journey, actually not going to school during Covid-19 times gave her enough time to think about what she should write about.

Naledi wishes to publish more poetry books and have her own book, not compilation, which is what she is currently working on at the moment.

The book “Poetry Lockdown” has since been released in November 2020. Copies go for R150 each, available from Naledi; Contact No 079 833 3413 or contact her via Facebook at Surprise Naledi Mokgethwa.

A copy of the book “Poetry Lockdown”