Date:08 October 2020 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
At the tender age of eight, Rivalani Jonathan Ngomani discovered the joy of reading for pleasure and that was how his mind opened up to literature, and poetry in particular.
He devoured the works of Mzwakhe Mbuli, Zoro Ramovha, The Burning Soul Nephawe and Roxley Masevhe indiscriminately. Soon he felt an urge to also put his thoughts on paper by expressing his feelings through poetry.
A resident of Chavani village in the Elim area, Ngomani published a collection of poetry entitled Vutlakati bya miehleketo (expired brains). “I write to inspire people, especially the poor, to discover their potential, and I urge them to believe in themselves,” Ngomani said. “Being poor doesn’t mean that you are an incomplete individual. There is no second-hand in human life, so know that you are original and the best. Second-hand terminology is only found in car dealerships, not in human life.”
Vutlakati bya miehleketo comprises 32 poems that address issues of poverty and how to alleviate it. “I believe that poverty is a disease that attacks the human brain and mindset, leading to social poverty as well. So, this book comes as a remedy that is designed to heal the poverty-infected brains through reading.”
He stated that poverty could make one lose one’s dignity in society. “If you are poor and lazy, you are not even allowed to rise and speak during family or community gatherings,” Ngomani said.
Some poems also hint at the idea that everyone needs to take their talent serious if they want to function properly in a community or society. “This book is selling like hot cakes as masses find it appealing to their everyday lives,” he said. “Wealth starts in the mindset. Poverty is like lockdown levels and this book will help you to move out from level 5 of poverty to level 1 of wealth,” he said.
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Rivalani Jonathan Ngomani. Picture supplied.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.