The Cheeky NativesWho is your favourite author of all time?

Wisani Mushwana: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi 

The Cheeky Natives: What is your favourite book of all time?

Wisani MushwanaKintu

The Cheeky Natives : Which book did you most enjoy in 2023?

Wisani Mushwana: Kintu by Jennifer NansubugaMakumbi

The Cheeky Natives : Who should everyone should read?

Wisani MushwanaSello Duiker & Buchi Emecheta

The Cheeky NativesWhat is on your TBR for 2024?

Wisani Mushwana:

*The Sex Lives of African Women Nana DarkoaSekyiamah

*The Fraud – Zadie Smith

*Glass Tower — Sarah Isaacs

*Peach Country — Nondwe Mpuma

*[un]ravelling — Sue Nyamnjoh

*The Shadow King —Maaza Mengiste

*Girl, Woman, Other —Bernadine Evaristo

*Born Freeloaders — Phumlani Pikoli

*Black Racist Bitch — Thandiwe Ntshinga

The Cheeky NativesYou’re having a literary dinner party. Who are your 5 guests and why?

Wisani Mushwana:

*Yaa Gyasi

*Chris Abani

*Hala alyan

*Zadie Smith

*K Sello Duiker

*These are writers whose works I admire, am jealous of and wish I could have written. I would give all of them a draft of my second novel to cread and annotate because these minds combined? A banger novel. 

The Cheeky Natives Does your book have a playlist? What songs are on the playlist?

Wisani Mushwana

*Dreams — Msaki

*Thongo Lami —Mnqobi  Yazo

*Izeluleko — Mzux ft Mazet SA

*Ntinga Ntaka — Supta ft Thalitha and Obie

*Isiphelo — Bongeziwe Mabandla

*Nal’Ithemba— Msaki ft Xolani Faku

The Cheeky Natives: What are you currently reading?

Wisani Mushwana: Teju Cole’s ‘Tremor’

The Cheeky Natives: What music are you jamming to?

Wisani Mushwana: Bongiziwe Mabandla’s album amaXeshahas been keeping me afloat of late. 

The Cheeky Natives: What is the one line in a book you wish you’d written?

Wisani Mushwana : “I was not sorry when my brother died. Nor am I apologising for my callousness, as you may define it, my lack of feeling.” Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions

The Cheeky Natives: What was the most difficult event in your book to write and why?

Wisani Mushwana: Nsovo’s scene always gives me goosebumps, not in a good way. 

The Cheeky Natives: You see a book on someone’s shelf and you have an immediate bombastic side-eye. What book is it?

Wisani Mushwana: Rich Dad Poor Dad, South African dads don’t even want to be dads in the first place. 

The Cheeky Natives: Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Wisani Mushwana: Hungani Ndlovu, mainly because he’s a great actor, but also because my partner loves the Ndlovu’s Uncut