KWAMASHU resident, Dudu Busani Dube’s three books have taken the African reading market by storm. To-date Hlomu -The Wife, Zandile – The Resolute and Naledi – His Love have sold over 3000 copies.
The 34-year-old print journalist started writing her first book in May 2014. All are written in first person.
“I did that because I wanted readers to use their imagination and feel like they are living her life as they read. The response I have received and continue to receive is overwhelming,” she says. “I always knew I would write a book at some point in my life, I just didn’t know when.”
When Due was in high school she was rebellious and didn’t recognise her talent until her teacher challenged her to write a piece which made her famous at school. “She later advised me to study journalism, and I must say it is the best advice I have ever been given,” she says.
As a working journalist, Dube covers hard news, particularly court cases, and has sat through the trials of some of the country’s worst and most dangerous criminals. But when it comes to her books, however, she prefers fiction.
Hlomu – The Wife tells the story of a young woman, named Mahlomu, who meets a man, Mqhele Zulu, and falls in love. She’s happy but can’t help noticing certain things about him that make her uncomfortable. He has money, a lot of it which she finds suspicious.
Mqhele and his seven brothers have a dark past which they never confronted. Their father was a famous warlord from Mbuba village in Greytown. He died in a mob-justice incident with their mother.
When Hlomu asks Mqhele to marry him, however, she has no choice but to force the brothers to return to Mbuba and face their past.
The second book, Zandile -The Wife, tells the story of the eldest Zulu brother, Nkosana, while the third book is narrated by Naledi, who ends up marrying another of the brothers, Qhawe.
Dube said she wanted to write a book that could be easily read and would allow people to find a bit of themselves in the characters. Her sales show that she has succeeded.
- Dudu Busani Dube will be doing a book signing at Exclusive Books in the Liberty Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg on on November 12 between 11 am and 1 pm.