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Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni launches book about hair and consent

Children’s hair book by Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni. Picture: Instagram/@officialceehl.

Children’s hair book by Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni. Picture: Instagram/@officialceehl.

Published Nov 11, 2021

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Award-winning writer Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni has launched a new book titled Wanda The Brave.

Co-authored with Mabatho Tlali, the book is about a celebration of black girl power and a reminder of courage amongst young girls.

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Nontshekweni describes Wanda as a girl who loves her afro. However, she gets disappointed when she goes to the salon, and the stylist puts chemicals on her hair.

“Wanda is excited to visit the salon, and she knows the exact hairstyle she wants. Trouble looms when Aunty Ada, the stylist, applies a chemical relaxer on Wanda’s hair without her consent. The relaxer starts to itch and burns Wanda’s scalp.

“When Wanda and her new friend Nkiruka complain, Aunty Ada insists that the relaxer must stay because a girl must suffer for beauty. But Wanda and Nkiruka disagree. They stand up and show us how to speak up,” explains Nontshekweni.

The public speaker, who launched the book late October this year, took to Instagram to share her excitement.

Wanda The Brave is in store! A zestful and bold read which explores consent, negotiating power, bravery, agency and the mighty force of friendship to create a change. Thank you to all who tuned in for the first LIVE reading with @ethnikids_co — it was WANDAful. More thank you for the continued support over the years. Your warm love is felt and I appreciate it all deeply,” she wrote.

The book is available in four languages, English, Afrikaans, IsiZulu and IsiXhosa.

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