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South Africa-based writer Nixon Mateulah has not had his pendry as far as writing is concerned. He has remained faithful to his pen which has seen him publishing a number of books.

While it has been hard for other writers in the country to write and publish novels, Mateulah, has shown that he loves writing and that he is passionate about it.

Born on December 18 1973 in Lilongwe, Mateulah, who is currently in the country, said he was happy with the works he has produced so far including his latest novel Forgiveness: A Novel.

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“I am happy with the progress I have made so far in my writing career. The latest book I have, Forgiveness: A Novel can be found at Central Bookshop at Chichiri in Blantyre,” Mateulah said.

The novel centres on the story of Sintekeseka, who being released after 20 years in jail for defiling his daughter, he has changed. His sole purpose on release is to seek forgiveness from his family but seeking out his family leads unexpected consequences for them all.

In the novel, Mateulah writes with simple English that is easier to follow. He has his own style.

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“This is a fiction story. During my primary school days in the late 80’s, a girl in our class, who lived behind our house eloped with her own father after elder women suspected her of showing signs of pregnancy. By then, she was

living with her father whilst her mother went to the village to farm,” Mateulah explained.

He said it was from this ordeal that he developed his story.

“You know these things were happening in the past years but were not reported to the police. People were too scared to reveal such things, but these days there is a slight change but these things need to be reported and perpetrators brought to book. I hope people will enjoy the novel once they access it,” Mateulah said.

Mateulah moved to South Africa in 1996.

According to a brief profile in the novel, his writings have appeared in Munyori, Jungle Jim, Storymoja, Aerodrome, Kalahari Review, Tuck magazine, Stanzas magazine and Poetry Institute of Africa anthologies among others.

Mateulah is also into poetry and that he publishes poems under pseudonym – Chichichapatile Mangochi.

He describes the novel as powerful and that it won a prize in the inaugural Malawi National Book Award in 2018.

“I have participated in the Fourth African Writers Trust’s Editorial and Publishing Training Workshop in 2016 in Kampala, Uganda facilitated by Jacob’s Ross,” Mateulah said.

He is currently working on his second novel titled Running Home and epic fantasy series – The Mystery Child

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