Words have always been his refuge. When the toxic home environment she grew up in became too intense, she escaped to her notebook.
And for years, it helped her deal with all her emotions and gave her comfort through all of life’s ups and downs.
But these days, Botshelo Mthomboti (20) from Soshanguve, does a different handwriting.
She has published a book in which she writes poetry on accounting and income tax, with the aim of making the subject more palatable to students.
The financial management student from Tshwane North TVET College says she started writing poems to express her emotions. She longed for the unity her family didn’t have and the only way she felt like she belonged was through poems.
“I’ve always been a bookworm, even in December I couldn’t sit down and not have something to read. I always had my pen and my paper. Because my upbringing was difficult, I grew up in a toxic and dysfunctional family, and I didn’t have the courage to tell anyone about it.
“However, I wrote poems that reflected how I felt, and it was so therapeutic, because I was able to channel my anger and pain into the pen,” Botshelo told Drum.
She says that every time she had a paper and a pen in her hands, she felt powerful. “I wrote poems that motivated me to say that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, one day is one day. I wanted something that gave me hope in my writing, I manifested it and prophesied that one day everything will be better.
She tells us that she had a vision board that gave a glimpse of the reality she wanted to experience in the future.
“I still have it, it’s this big board where I just plugged in pictures of my favorite car, you know, my house in Sandton, a picture of my current graduation ceremony, and every day I I saw this chart so every time I felt like giving up, this chart was like “no Botshelo, you can’t afford to lose this”.
So she persevered, and soon after, she started thinking about an accounting poetry book.
She tells us that she loved the subject so much that she wanted to make it easier and fun for learners as well as tertiary students.
Botshelo would wake up at 2 a.m. to make him dream of having the first accounting poetry book published. She says it took her about nine months before it started selling like hot cakes.
“I’ve always had a passion for accounting, so one day I thought, ‘Botshelo, you like accounting, you like poetry, so why not combine the two? Why not introduce a new way of learning. I have always been a person who believes that as young people we should venture into a field with passion.
“And in order to find something new, for example, we should go into science in order to find the cure for cancer, we should go into economics in order to find that micro-economic policy that we will help as an emerging economy, so I didn’t want to go into accounting and just be an ordinary accountant, I wanted to invent something.
Cover of Botshelo Mthomboti’s book
She says those who were intimidated by accounting as a subject should worry no longer because her book “A Black Child Transformed by Accounting” makes it a thing of the past.
“Accounting has always been a field that many fear to consider as a career, so with this book I wanted to change that. I wanted to create a fun atmosphere for students, you know that interaction between a lecturer and students or teacher and learners.
“I wanted them to learn accounting in the most humorous and informative way.”
When we asked her for an example of how she incorporated accounting into poetry, she answered. “I have a poem from the book called Depreciation, which has always been a maths nightmare for many accounting students, I’ve had my fair share too,” she laughs.
“So I have this coin which has a formula, because depreciation has two methods which are decreasing depreciation method as well as cost method. Many learners don’t know which method to use because there are a decrease and a cost which is also known as the linear method.
“The poem gives them key information about the methods, you know things like that and there’s also depreciation sold, and new. And learners are also confused by financial exercise, such as when to count months and when to stop. »
“So depreciation sold is backward and depreciation new is forward so when I say in the poem depreciation sold you are backward it means you count from when we sold a active until the beginning of the exercise. And when I say “new depreciation, you’re ahead” that means you’re going to count from the time we bought an asset until the end of the fiscal year.
She said when she first pitched the idea to many accountants, “they thought I was crazy”, but the tables turned. “Until they heard the book depreciation poem,” she says.
“I posted about this on Facebook in a group of aspiring chartered accountants and there are also qualified speakers and when they saw my post they were so surprised they flooded my inbox with messages for orders.”
She has a new book of poetry on “income tax”.
“It’s also something that hasn’t been done before, it’s income tax in poetry even if it’s a small one because it’s based on my knowledge and what I’m into. am specialized.”
If you need a copy of Botshelo’s book, she says you can reach her through her social media accounts at this time.