Hello So Afrochic! family.💜 There’s a new member of the family and I am sure you will love her.
Meet Nandi, a twitter friend of mine who was the only kind person to welcome me when I first started out with twitter. I was intrigued by her pinned post about her 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. She was kind enough to allow me to share her book reviews with you and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did. 🌼🌹🌷🌷
I wish I’d asked her earlier. We are 4 weeks behind on her challenge but we will work it out so we catch up.
Nandi is an eloquent writer, I’m jealous 😍 and her hair is to die for! See why I befriended her?
I’m Nandipha Bheqezi,an Honours student at the University of Johannesburg from Bloemfontein. I’m an avid reader and a amateur writer. A sucker for a good read and a great cup of tea. I’m passionate about quite a lot of things, from feminism,women,wine,fashion,food, theatre productions and all things art.
January was the month of Zukiswa Wanner, a South African journalist and novelist, based in Kenya. She has published five books between the years 2006 and 2014, including a photographic collaboration with Alf Kumalo. In this review there are four books: Behind every successful woman, The Madams, Men of the South and London, Cape Town, Johannesburg.
Behind Every Successful Woman
Star Rating: ★★★★
Nobantu is a housewife, married to a businessman with two intelligent and adorable children. On her 35th birthday she realised that her own goals and ambitions have been put aside for her other roles as mother, wife and friend.
She starts feeling like she isn’t prioritising her happiness and decides to do something about it, much to the dissatisfaction of her husband who wants to stay the provider of the family. Will she go against his wishes and do what’s best of herself for once? I found the book quite the game changer, with the narrative running on the traditionalists’ opinion of “men are providers and women are nurturers”, which is a conversation that needs to be had because it’s a sexist opinion that boxes women into one category while allowing men to do whatever they want to do with their lives.
One thing that disappointed me about the book was that the story made it seem like there was only one problem in the main character’s family dynamic and touched a bit on the other issues which I thought needed attention. I enjoyed the book because it showed that a woman, who has been reliant on her husband for more than a decade, finally chooses herself and takes a step towards building the kind of life she wants for herself. It is motivational for women who know they can do it all, but just haven’t found the courage to pursue their other dreams; this is definitely a nudge in the right direction. “Yet now, as she sat on her bed in what her mother termed a mansion, she wondered if she had ever really truly loved Andile, or if it was the fear of the unknown and her unplanned pregnancy at the age of nineteen that had resulted in their marriage? As she put on her dressing gown and made her way to their en suite bathroom, her eye caught her framed MBA on the dressing table. Was this all there was to her life? She wondered silently to herself.
I love Nandipha’s honest and passionate writing style. She has welcomed my request to publish her reviews with so much humility that I hope this journey never ends.
We will be sharing part 2 of the four books tomorrow.
Did you also enjoy Nandi’s first of her 4 part review from Zukiswa Wanner’s collection? Comment below, I’d like to know what you guys think.😉