By: Nyasha Sibanda
Lwandile Zonke is a 24-year-old Xosa gentleman who grew up in a township in Eastern Cape, South Africa. He holds a degree in accountancy from the Institution of Nelson Mandela University. He is a motivational speaker and author of the books; Overcoming Struggles of a Township Boy and Life after high school, a guide for high school learners to prepare themselves for life after high school.
Having first studied at a multiracial township school, he learned that there are a lot of things that these children are not exposed to such as sports and extracurricular activities to unlock a lot of hidden potential possessed by them. He was fortunate enough to transfer to a better school where he got exposed to sports and service projects. This experience gave him the determination and hunger to write books to inspire those growing up in situations similar to his.
Overcoming Struggles Of A Township boy essentially is a guide that gives people the right mindset in order for them to overcome their struggles. In the book he’s poured out his heart, sharing his past experience as a township boy.”One thing I’ve come to realize is that in the township and villages we don’t really progress, we don’t really get to where we would want to be in life simply because of lack of guidance and information”
In the book, he tried to describe all the struggles faced by people from impoverished backgrounds and how they can overcome those struggles.
Some of the chapters in the book touch on how kids should not eat a plate full of excuses, the importance of role models and mentors “I was raised by parents who came from very poor backgrounds but despite all that they have managed to give me what they didn’t have, growing up. In as much as I’m not privileged, I’m better because my parents try their best to give me the life they never had. I managed to overcome some of my struggles although my parents never had much to offer”
He goes on to acknowledge how mentorship made a big impact on his life. He says he started getting a clearer picture of what he wanted to do when he got mentors and role models. “Had it been not for mentorship,I wouldn’t be who I am today” Lwandle stresses. He’s gone through quite a number of mentorships since 2017.
He acknowledges Tendai from Zimbabwe whom he met online through a friend.Tendai is the one who got him in the right direction and connected him with the right people to help him in the publication of his book.The book will be released next month. He also features three other individuals in one of the chapters who have gone through very rough patches in their lives but have managed to make it in life.