Namibia: Tshilunga Makes Debut With 'Sailing Back to My Home'

11 February 2020

Newcomer to the book scene, Ndatyoonawa Tshilunga's first book 'Sailing Back To My Home' tells a story of rebirth and finding herself.

Despite receiving complaints from some members of the public about her book lacking depth, she says many people have said they enjoyed reading it.

In 'Sailing Back To My Home', Tshilunga pours her heart out through a series of rules that lead her to finding healing. The pocket booklet is centred around moving on from losses, heartaches and dealing with shame.

The main objective for the author was overcoming the loss of her father which she did through chapters such as 'Centering Myself', 'Self-Love', 'Consistency' and 'I Am My Peace-Keeper'.

Tshilunga wrote the book as a form of catharsis after therapy did not work for her.

"I went for two sessions, but noticed that they did not work for me simply because I was not ready. Someone encouraged me to write and this is how the book came about. It contains everything that I have gone through."

Tshilunga decided on a small 29-page booklet because she believes many people who are depressed find the format more welcoming.

"To find a message in a small book is easier. It gives more calmness. It is easy to carry around," she said.

While the design of the cover may look a little rushed, Tshilunga explains that the cover image of a lady's back was symbolic.

"She is looking forward and this often gives me the impression of someone who is busy planning. She has gained new hope for the future."

Some of the challenges the author faced while writing the book were finding the time in the midst of all her responsibilities.

"Being busy with my full-time job, my baby and other projects I tasked myself to write one chapter on each Sunday. Back then my environment was very busy, but Sundays were quiet. Writing was not so easy because on many days nothing would come to mind. I managed to finish and I am glad that it will help better people who are going through a similar experience. To help others is the reason I decided to share my story," she said.

Tshilunga fell in love with writing at a young age and plans to write more.

"I loved writing this one so there will be more books coming from me."

'Sailing Back To My Home' is available at The Book Den and Radical Book Store in Windhoek. For more information contact 081 265 7979.

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