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A Courageous Young Winnie

Ade Ajibulu Author Interview

Winnie – Daughter of Azania follows a young woman who faces tough obstacles to save her mother and community. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The incident that happened after the passing away of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela- South Africa mother of nation in 2018 is what give birth to the story. Winnie Mandela is the second wife of the South African freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela. After her death, the ruling party which is African National Congress ANC leadership decided to give the woman a deserved iconic burial. This was criticised by opposition political party, EFF leader. The party leader Julius Malema accused the ruling party of being hypocrisy. He said the ruling party could have celebrated the woman better while alive and not after her demise but instead abandon her and made her life full of controversies. Malema said Winnie was never celebrated unlike her husband but only lived a life mauled with scandals despite using all her life to serve the party and the South Africa. The impact of Winnie Mandela during the struggle years made me to think about this iconic woman and I decided to develop a character not only in her name but someone who loved her community which I made to be Azania- the name accolades to South Africa.

Winnie is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?

Like I said earlier, I want a well developed young female protagonist that love her people and ready to sacrifice her life for her community and after reading about the pain, the agony, the lies and controversies surrounding Winnie Mandela I believe she is the right character i want. Winnie was one of the few party women qualified to become South Africa president but because of her divorce to the most influential man in the South African history- Nelson Mandela, her political lifestyles was not only silenced but also lived with several compromised life. However, even at this, she expressed her total love to the party and her people till death.

Another thing that contributed to the story development was an outstanding bravery displayed by one of my church members, a lady of 17 who singlehandedly apprehended three hefty men that hijacked a taxi she was travelling with. She even used a gun to break one of the men legs during the fight that ensued inside the taxi until arrested them and hold them down until police arrived. All these contributed towards the development of developing a courageous young Winnie.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

One of the main theme in the story is unconditional love especially to all people- both good and evil just as bible commanded us to do. Winnie Mandela’s life might be full of controversies yet she stood firm that she will never form or join any political party apart from ANC even when the stake was high to do so. She reserved her love to the ANC party to grave even when leaders betrayed her love she remained loyal to the people and to the party. She led so many reconciliation team in her personal capacity to implore some who left the party to return to the party including Julius Malema. She show her commitments and submissive to the party and refused to form or join any other political party.

Secondly, the issue of racism which is one of the main issues in South Africa also addressed and that the only way to conquer this is also through love.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I anticipating to release two more books before the end of the year. As an immigrant in South Africa who has witnessed all side of the story- love, hatred, racism, xenophobia and afrophobia including some of the reasons all these exist.

The two books have answers to mant of these. They are not fictions books but answers to some of the immigrants and citizen questions not only in Africa but across the world.

The first book is title “My Brother from Another Mother” and though it is presented as a fiction but has many facts of what an average immigrant faces in South Africa. This is currently in proofreading stage. It expected to be released before October 2021.

The second book title “The Xenophobic State” is a memoir. The book exposes hidden people behind racism, xenophobia in South African and their arguments. It also explained how xenophobia and racism becomes the normal or daily routen. Who are these group of people and what do they want? The book is expected to be released in December 2021.

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What happens if kidnappers
also get kidnapped?


To save her mother and her community, a 16-year-old Azanian girl embarks on a journey that will make her into a kidnapper. Winnie is the only daughter of the late community hero Nelson Mapuka, a man whose love for Azania led to him sacrificing his life for the community. However, her mother’s weird illness makes her embark on the journey to find help, after all hope disappears.


Along the way she falls into the clutches of Jacky and Kurt, professional kidnappers who are desperately in search of a lady around her age to fulfil the wish of a frantic Mayor, Honourable Dagado, and his witchdoctor. Just when Winnie thinks death is the only way out, the unexpected happens, opening doors for revenge and revealing secrets that will shock the community.


Like her father, the love of her people is built into Winnie, but will her non-racial love and bravery be enough to save her mother, as well as a young white lady, from the community hoodlums and kidnappers?
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