Making waves with her first published book, this seven-year-old South African grade two learner, Michelle Nkamankeng, is inscribing her name in history’s books. This early achievement has got her onto the global top 10 list of youngest writers.
Michelle Nkamankeng has joined the list of black kids doing big things in the world of entrepreneurship, as Africa’s youngest author. At an age where some African kids are still trying to read well, she’s writing books.
Last week, the young author’s book had a second launch at Wits University in Johannesburg. This was the second launch following the inaugural one held last month (September) at her school, Chapel Theatre of Sacred Heart College.
Our congratulations to Grade 2 learner Michelle Nkamankeng on the publication of her book, ‘Waiting for the Waves’. pic.twitter.com/tYmGBzdNbV
— Sacred Heart College (@_Cool_School) October 4, 2016
Waiting for the Waves is a story inspired by a family visit to the beach. The experience taught Michelle Nkamankeng to confront and conquer her fear of the huge waves after she receives encouragement from her family.
Waiting for the Waves is the first of a four-part series and Michelle’s books will be published over the next few years.
Social media has been celebrating Michelle’s great achievement with South Africa’s Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa writing on Twitter:
“Congratulations to 7-year-old Michelle Nkamankeng for being the youngest African to make the global list of the top 10 youngest writers”.
At an early age, she’s imprinted her feet in the sands of literary history. She’s one of those Afro Hustler holds in esteem as being the players in bringing Africa to the limelight. She’s earned the label of an ‘Afro Hustler. Kudos Michelle!
Congratulations to 7-year-old Michelle Nkamankeng for being the youngest African to make the global list of the top 10 youngest writers.
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) October 5, 2016
Wonderful work giving her age. Hope many more African parents discover the talents in their kids, and help them materialize it.