In partnership with Exclusive Books and Plugcityhype, Nosipho Hani-Khumalo started the Bookarazzi Book Club in an effort to tackle problems in society. The online book club is broadcasted every Thursday at 7 PM and cover’s issues such as gender-based violence (GBV). The book club’s web series creates a safe space for people to discuss the pain they feel when they are trapped in difficult situations.
“On my journey of philanthropy and as a youth ambassador, I have become more aware of the pain people carry. Books are a lighter way of introducing serious and needed conversations that people are often afraid to have at home or with friends because they are embarrassed or ashamed. We want the book club to create a safe space for empowerment and healing,” said Hani.
One of the books to be featured in the club is The Blessed Girl, written by Angela Mokholwa. The book is about young girls who get involved in sexual relationships with older men, in exchange for money and possessions.
“The book speaks to what we see in society, where young girls who are struggling financially see their only way out as sleeping with older men. This issue highlights the trend of patriarchy in society, where girls and women believe they cannot succeed without men,” said Khumalo.
“We are also going to speak to a psychologist about the book and, at the end of the series, will interview the author to find out why she wrote it and what she wants people to learn,” added Khumalo. The Philanthropist will also cover books that deal with GBV and other issues. She hopes people will develop a deeper understanding of the topics at hand and be able to relate to the characters in the books.