In addition to being the host and head of production of The Ultimate Book Show, Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni is a bestselling author. Her book Wanda is a children’s story that follows a young girl’s journey to self-celebration as her grandmother teaches her to love her hair.
Wanda’s success gave Nontshokweni the opportunity and drive to write a sequel, and Wanda the Brave was released worldwide in 2021, published through Wanda World. With support from the National Arts Council, the series will soon become an animated cartoon for television and digital consumption.
For The Ultimate Book Show, Nontshokweni has interviewed many of the biggest names in South African literature, music and visual art. A year after recording the show’s first season, she presented it at the Cannes Film Market in 2021. Soon, you’ll be able to catch The Ultimate Book Show on SABC TV.
“It is necessary and urgent that we build a vibrant publishing infrastructure on the continent.”