I started listening to this episode of Cheeky Natives podcast because I was reading great things about Mohale Mashigo’s novel The Yearning online.
Dr Alma-Nalisha Cele and Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane are two young bibliophiles who sometimes dabble in the fields of medicine and law. Together, they started a podcast called ‘The Cheeky Natives’ – a platform primarily focused on the celebration of all things literary. This celebration is done through the reviews of books, poetry and occasionally theatre performances, interspersed with author discussions at book signings and readings.
The story of how Mohale became an accidental writer resonated very well with me. I wrote my first novel in a very difficult time of my life when the only respite I got from the turmoil was in the nights spent frantically writing. I smiled as she talked about what an excellent storyteller her mother is. I’ve always felt that in another lifetime, my mother would have been a writer. She has a way with words and stories.