Khwima Kayira, a student at Phoenix Primary School in Blantyre, who has published a book titled Greatest Eleven at the age of 11, is the first beneficiary of the Thomson and Barbara Mpinganjira Foundation.
Chairperson of the Foundation Thompson Mpinganjira announced this during the launch of the book at Magalasi New Apostolic Church Grounds in Blantyre on Friday.
“In as far as the foundation is concerned, we will be looking at innovations done by the youth; so, it could be business and any other innovations and to hear that an 11-year old has authored a book is inspiring,” he said.
Mpinganjira who spoke on behalf of the young author said publishing a book is not easy.
“At first I thought it was a joke but when I read the book, I was inspired. I am trying to write my own biography and it’s not easy. So Khwima is the first beneficiary of the youth programme of the foundation,” he said.
Mpinganjira, could not disclose the amount.
“It will be quite a huge sum of money but the committee has to sit down on that. This boy has put us on the map,” he said.
Guest of honour during the launch Donald Mphande said reading through some of the data that he normally keeps, Khwima becomes the third person to have written a book in this continent of Africa at the age of 11, only surpassed by two girls that have written books but are currently living in advanced countries.
“The nation should be proud of this feat. There is writing as in writing but there is also clear writing which Khwima has done. This is a perfect piece of art and the boy has shown imagination, maturity and zeal on things that appeal and we associate with,” Mphande said.
Veteran author Alfred Msadala said Khwima put up a story innocently not knowing that he is covering other areas such as discrimination, education, youth development, entrepreneurship and land grabbing.
Khwima’s Greatest Eleven book tells the story of Jason who loves football.
“I feel great that I have launched this book and I would like to thank people who spared their time to be part of it. I didn’t struggle when writing because I had support of my family,” he said.
With a smile on his face, Khwima who signed an autograph in one of the auctioned books marking the launch, said anyone can do anything.
“The message in the book is try, try and try again and never give up. Anyone can do anything provided you put effort. I urge fellow young people to write, its fun to write,” he said.
Several people bought the book during auction.
The launch was also spiced up by activities such as poetry by Angali Chagwamnjira, book reading by Wezzie Msukwa Panje and a classical performance by Magalasi New Apostolic Orchestra.