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Port Elizabeth author to give away free children's books at Heritage Festival

By Afikile Lugunya - Oct 26, 2017
Port Elizabeth author to give away free children's books at Heritage Festival

A local entrepreneur, author and the founder and Coordinator of the annual Heritage Festival, Nasipi Tobo, will be launching her new book on Saturday at the Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth, as part of this year's festival programme.

Tobo, who is a member of the Kings Business Group, says she aims to ‘rekindle’ the spirit of Ubuntu by writing books for children every year - books, which she hopes will educate them about their heritage.

She will also be giving away 1 000 free copies on the launch day.

According to Tobo, her new book is aimed at educating children at an early age about their heritage and she is targeting disadvantaged children, who cannot afford books. She explained that the book moves away from Disney fairytales and explores the Eastern Cape, with the story centering around traditional Xhosa culture and the happily ever after.

Tobo says she continues writing these books as she wants African children to read more and often about their own stories.

“Reading develops the mind, it keeps you busy from doing other things. So, I thought that children will not ask their parents for this book since their parents are the ones that will be spending the money.

"I decided to give this book for free on the day of the event," Tobo described.

She further emphasised that children must be taught self-love at an early age.

“These children must be taught that we do not only eat hotdogs, but we eat tripe too and they must not feel ashamed to wear beads or traditional wear,” Tobo.

Thus, the theme of the book is Ubuntu, which is why she also decided to practice what the book is about by hosting this event for free and giving away free copies.

“The launch day will be a fun family day with live performances, jumping castles for the kids, face painting, arts and crafts and there will be African cuisines as well.”

Tobo said that the event was meant to be held in September to coincide with the National Heritage Month celebrations, but sponsors kept pulling out at the last minute.

She however, believes that heritage should be celebrated every day and not only in September that is why she decided to continue with the show in October.

“Different people and organisation came together to make this event a success, meaning that a spirit of Ubuntu was practiced.

“I believe that if we’re as South Africans can work together we can build a better future for our children and that is what the festival is all about,” Tobo said.

The book is about 30 pages with pictures and will be read by children during the launch.

The event starts at 10 am and is expected to last the whole day.