5 Books at 25

Soweto born 25 year old author, Nonhlanhla Mnisi celebrates the milestone of having published five books by age 25. This theme – which is a testimony to her resilience, determination and drive – will be celebrated by the orphaned powerhouse at an event with the same theme on 31 May 2014.

Nonhlanhla Mnisi lost her mother through an HIV related disease at the tender age of 12. Her father died whilst she was still in her mother’s womb. These tragic events did not stop her however from publishing five books – namely “Life Changes” (Uk – 2010), “Shades of My Brutality” (SA – 2013), “Stained for a Season, Cleaned for Life” (SA – 2013), “Overdue Resignation” (SA – 2011) and “A Good Woman/Man but Not a Great Partner” (SA – 2014).

Innovator's JournalMnisi opens up her life experiences, thoughts and hearts in her writings. Overdue Resignation is an inspirational book intended to propel the reader to greater heaights. She does not shy away from spreading the word on relationship dynamics as the title of her 5th book indicates (A Good Man/Woman but not a Great Partner). The book also includes contributions by the best South African authors and speakers on the subject of relationships, namely Thabo Mokwele, Linda Yende, Dr David Molapo, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Dr GA Lechuti, Ms Zama Mkosi, Ms Claudine Mofokeng and Dr Babalwa Funda amongst others.

The 5th book, including a foreword by Wendy Luhabe, will be launched at ULP House in Midrand at 2pm, in an auspicious event. The event will include a fundraising item on the agenda. This is due to the dynamo having being accepted by the New York Film Academy for a world class 12 month course in film production.

ABSAThe author manages a busy diary as she juggles between writing and many other responsibilities. Her responsibilities include her chairperson role at Amazing Grace Children’s Home, Youth Empowerment Network, Help a Child Grow and as KZN Head of the International Inspiring Women Network. She also writes for the Mail and guardian and sites such as DJ Sbu’s Leadership2020, YBS Media and Readers Café.

Nonhlanhla Mnisi is not a stranger to television, radio and print media as she has featured on Morning Live (SABC 2), Drum Magazine, Radio 2000 (Thami Ngubeni interview), 702, SAFM Afternoon Talk, Kaya FM, Radio Veritas, Thobela FM, Rainbow FM, Morning Live to name just a few. She is also “behind the scenes” in media as she is producer of “Mbokodo”, a women’s talk show on Soweto TV.


Buhle Dlamini – Founder and Managing Director of Young and Able cc, Author of “The Successful Young Entrepreneur” and “Invest in Yourself and Win” (This is an extract from the Foreword of Life Changes)

It is seldom that we come across a young person that is full of wisdom and experience to go with it, but that is exactly what I have encountered in Nonhlanhla. This book is testimony to the wealth of creativity and wisdom that is to be found in the exceptional youth of Africa. The poems and essays in the book are deep and cause one to stop and reconsider and at times re-prioritize one’s life values. I encourage you to immerse yourself in these writings, put yourself in the picture and let the emotions that are evoked be personal and to challenge you. We are reminded that it is not our circumstances that determine our future but rather in whose hands we have entrusted our lives. I believe that this is the first of many inspiring books to come from this up and coming powerful young writer and I am honoured to be associated with this great work.

Bridgette Ngobese – Manager: Human Resources
A mentor and friend to the author.

Being born and bread is Soweto, I feel very proud to be associated with Nonhlanhla and that she is not just a person I know, but my dearest friend. She has one of the qualities which you rarely find in today’s youth.  Her book speaks for itself, it is full of wisdom, courage and you wouldn’t think a young person like her would write such big words. Words that make you think and realise that there is a lot in life than what meets the eye. It is evident that what is written in the book comes from the heart. Reading “It Gets Better with Time” I’m reminded that there is a season for everything whether good or bad it will pass in time. I know this is a start for Nonhlanhla, I believe there is a lot to come from this young inspiring woman writer. I am very proud and honoured to be called her Mentor.

Edith Venter – owner of Edith Unlimited
A mentor and friend to the author

It has been both a pleasure and privilege to have met and mentored Nonhlanhla.    She has lived one of my favourite messages in all the motivational talks that I do to countless women.  “Never be ashamed of where you come from” – well done for sharing your inspirational story through your book and helping other women to realise their dreams.   May you go from strength to strength and realise that there is no such thing as “I can’t achieve all that I want to.”


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8 Responses


    Hi,u are the inspiration to the next generation and the the youth who know what do they want in life hope they see what i see in you,am touched i love you

  2. Kamohelo Emmadulet

    This is an inspirational story,because from your story for the first time I’m inspired to do better. Regardless I’m an orphaned child or not.

  3. Mejully Msebele

    I am going to buy all your books. I am inspired n proud of you Nhla .Be blessed all the way to greater heights !

  4. Mejully Msebele

    I am going to buy all your books. I am inspired n proud of you Nhla .Be blessed all the way to greater heights !

  5. Nomasonto Mahlangu

    you are a true inspiration Nonhanhla,i have read one of your books and bealive me when i say it realy opened my mind and my eyes….and changed my lire for the better…God Bless

  6. Maureen Mathe

    Wow I truly admire your work.. You are a true inspiration
    I aspire to myself.. Hope you can give me some pointers.


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