Multitalented Artist Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera, has published a book titled Nyuma.
Taddja, the Director of Dikamawoko Arts, said Tuesday that the book was available online on Kindle Store.
He said that the book was a collection of short stories about Nyuma, a teen boy growing up in Northern Malawi.
“All stories come with English translation. Nyumba is a collection of stories and anecdotes dramatising growing up among the Tumbuka people of Nkhamanga, Henga and Kasitu valleys as well as the Nyika Plateau and Lakeshore areas of Northern Malawi,” Taddja said.
The book’s foreword was written by Professor Felix Mnthali, who said that he grew up in the picture- perfect area of the setting of the story.
“This is a picture-perfect area whose scenery often makes us forget that human beings have their homes and a thriving culture within this scenic and picturesque land. I grew up there and the boyhood exploits, successes and failures of the boy Nyuma speak directly to me. I understand that culture and feel lost anywhere else on earth,” Mnthali said.
He describes Nyuma as a tale of both morality and growing up and that all the movers and shakers of “our land have been in the shoes of Nyuma”.
“Culture is not static. It is dynamic. We see a lot of football games. We also see courtships and heart breaks. We see births and deaths. The handling of these human pre-occupations keeps changing with times,” Mnthali said.
He said the country is being covered by stories such as those of Nyuma and that he is reminded of stories around NyaHarawa by Tafiska Nyasulu Ndovi dealing with life around Luwuchi and stories around Mount Michesi by Ken Lipenga.
“We have talent in Malawi. All it needs is cultivation and support,” Mnthali said saluting Taddja.
This is not Taddja’s first book as he has also written Pamchenga’s Treasure, a book for children.
“For me, Nyuma is an expression of life, in its wholeness sense, told with no qualms, no embellishments and no reservations. It is the easiest body of writing I have achieved easily,” he said.
Taddja, who is also a filmmaker, said his original intention was to write the entire book in Tumbuka however, due to business, he decided to put it in English
“As an author, I have been heavily inspired by humorists. So, my writing style in Nyuma is humour based, but because of my strong background in folklore, almost every story has amoral,” Taddja said.