First copy of Zvichatinakira sold for US$120

ANCILLA GOTORE

MIRROR REPORTER

MASVINGO – Zimbabwe Performing Arts for Schools (ZIMPAST) director, Tichamupei Comfort Nyandoro, launched her first novel at a colourful event held at Lee’s Inn Hotel in Masvingo on Saturday last week. Hundred-and-fifteen copies were printed, and hundred-and-five copies were bought during the launch for prices ranging from US$120 to US$5 per copy.

ZIMPAST chairperson Mathew Takaona, representing the guest of honour Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze, lauded the author for penning an appealing book in vernacular. Takaona, who is also The Mirror consultant, also said Zvichatinakira is easy to read and understand for many readers. 

“It’s my honour to unveil Zvichatinakira today. This is a piece of writing you can marvel at when reading from the cover to the last page. The book allows many people to appreciate the indigenous language. The book is appealing to all age groups. I acknowledge everyone who spared their precious time to attend the Zvichatinakira book launch ceremony,” said Takaona.

Speaking in an interview with The Mirror Nyandoro said she was happy with how people received her book at the launch.

“I’m happy with the overwhelming support I received at the book launch ceremony. I am super proud of myself and the supportive friends and family that God gave me,” said Nyandoro.

Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze bought 60 copies of Zvichatinakira that will be distributed in schools around Masvingo with each school receiving 20 copies. The schools that will benefit include Mushandike Secondary School, Nhungudza and Helen MacGhie Primary Schools.

The book was selling at US$10, but after the launch, the author’s husband, Shelton Nyandoro, bought a copy for US$ 120.

Not to be outdone Omen Mafa, a lawyer, bought a copy for US$ 110, and Nyandoro’s Spiritual parents, pastor Somandla Ndlovu and Faith Ndlovu got their copy at US$100.

Dr Kudzai Masinire appreciated the book and said it is appealing to local people as it was written in a language they understand. 

“I must comment on the book that brings hope to people living in troubled times. I thank the author for the catchy piece,” said Masinire.

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