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SHAKES TALKS ABOUT HIS BOOK ABOUT BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR

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MBABANE – Fairy Tale endings a true story brought to life.

Most books are based on research one has compiled, but this author went with a true story of a young liSwati who had breast cancer titled ‘The life journey of a young breast cancer survivor ’. Lucky Shakes Mathonsi, who is an author and a motivational speaker, born in the Kingdom of Eswatini, has written a book that is about the life of Hlengiwe Kunene.
“The young lady gives me the reason to put a pause on all the seven manuscripts I have published because of her zeal for life even though she was diagnosed with stage four cancer and doctors gave her only six months to live.” Shakes said his book was different because it gave readers the reality of the dangers of breast cancer especially the young. “It is a touchstone on how a young person with a goal should go about viewing life and tackling difficulties. ”

Shakes said he would travel every weekend to her homestead to interview Hlengiwe on her death bed, as he was eager to tell her story. His book brings hope to those who think that just because they are facing minor challenges it is over. “The world needs to know how courageous you are in that situation but the only way to know is by overcoming it first.” His book has received great recognition from the kingdom and abroad (Malaysia). Shakes has entered an African continental competition with the book, which he said if he would be shortlisted the rest would be history. The 2018 Gerald Kraak award aims to honour works that focus experiences of gender, social justice and sexuality. The award is given in honour of the late activist Gerald Kraal. Shakes advised other young writers to find what they really love and take it one step at a time. His dream is to see his book on Braille version so that those who are impaired also get the chance to take a journey with Hlengiwe, produce a movie that will be screened at every school like he did by donating it to scholars.   

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