A BOOK by Shudufhadzo Musida. Picture: Supplied.
A BOOK by Shudufhadzo Musida. Picture: Supplied.

She’s got the magic! Miss SA Shudufhadzo Musida writes a children’s book

By Thobile Mazibuko Time of article published Jul 23, 2021

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This week belonged to Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida, as she has been making big moves.

First, she graduated with a BA Honours in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand, and now she’s launching a children’s book.

The Venda beauty wrote her first book titled Shudu Finds Her Magic, published by Jacana Media. It is available in six languages, Afrikaans, English, Sesotho, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. It has illustrations by Chantelle and Burgen Thorne, making it easier for the children to read.

The book is inspired by Musida’s childhood and the bullying she experienced when she moved to a new province and a new school.

“The book is aimed at children between 4 and 12 years old and deals with bullying and the power of friendship. I hope that youngsters will be able to see themselves reflected in the storyline and be able to take something positive away from it,” Musida said.

She said: “The one lesson I want to impart is that when something bad is happening to you, it is important to speak to an adult that you trust about it. This could be a parent, a family member, a teacher or an elder. Remember that being bullied is not your fault. There is nothing wrong with you. Nobody should have to go through what I went through.”

The book will be available in bookstores around the country and online towards the end of August.

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