MOT?ELISI Jessica Sekonyela, an 18 year-old from Mokhotlong hopes to inspire youths through her debut book Make Hay While the Sun Shines.
Make Hay While the Sun Shines, is a motivational book aimed at helping the youths, with means to avoid a life of mediocrity and strive to become original and contribute significant in their various spheres of life.
Sekonyela, who completed her Lesotho General Certificate of Secondary Education (LGCSE) at Sofia International School in Botha-Bothe, wrote her book at the time she was waiting for her results.
In an interview with the Weekender this week, Sekonyela said she was inspired to write the book by her own fear that she might not realise her dreams in life.
“I wanted to interrogate my fear and see if through my mind I could be able to have a say in how my life would progress. This was a process of trying to understand myself and see if I can programme my life to realising my dreams,” Sekonyela said.
She fell in love with writing while in primary school where she read one of her early books, My Uncle Grey Bonzo, penned by one of Zimbabwe’s best writers Ben Sibenke. Since then, she was motivated to write short stories based on life experiences.
“After writing my final high school examination, I felt I had a lot of time on my hands to focus on developing my own story. I wrote from an understanding of how words are so powerful and transformative; and so, the intention was to inspire other people who are imprisoned by fear of the unknown, to break free through their minds.”
She said all people have potential to achieve their dreams, but at times lack role models and people who can help them set their dreams in motion.
“In many cases, we fear and then end up delaying to put our dreams in motion. We lack the confidence to believe in ourselves and to dare take risks. In the end, we might find ourselves not living our lives to the fullest,” Sekonyela said.
She said as she penned her book, she had young people in mind, adding, many struggled through life due to lack of self-confidence and lack of people who can help them realise their dreams.
“What I tried to do is to bring to life the challenges people go through in life, particularly if you look at a teenager who has just graduated from high school and is uncertain about what adulthood and what the future really holds. As young people, we should believe in ourselves to reach our destinies. We contribute and have a role to play in what we will become,” Sekonyela said.
The book was published through support from Carol Motolo, who owns a publishing company, Twenty-One C based in South Africa.
Motolo is a Lesotho born businesswoman based in South Africa. She is the author of motivational book, Living in Faith and founder of Carol Motolo Foundation (CMF), a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to the empowerment of girls and young women.
The book, Make Hay While the Sun Shines, is expected in store soon. Currently readers can order through Sekonyela’s social media pages.