Shudufhadzo Musida sacred Miss South Africa 2020
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- Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida has written a children’s book titled Shudu finds his magic.
- Inspired by Shudufhadzo’s own experience of being bullied as a child, the book will be published in six languages.
- “We hope this will help teach children how to deal with bullying as well as kindness and compassion,” said Shudufhadzo, who will compete for the Miss World crown later this year.
Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida can now add the title of author to her impressive list of achievements.
Shudufhadzo wrote a children’s book – Shudu finds his magic, published by Jacana Media in six languages and with delightful illustrations by Chantelle and Burgen Thorne – which will be available in bookstores nationwide and online towards the end of August.
The book is inspired by Shudufhadzo’s own childhood and the bullying she suffered when she moved to a new province and a new school.
Shudufhadzo is a well-known mental health awareness activist and this year launched her online mental health initiative #MindfulMondays on her Instagram platform @shudufhadzomusida, in collaboration with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and Discovery Vitality. .
She explains, “The book is aimed at children ages 4 to 12 and is about bullying and the power of friendship. I hope that young people can see themselves reflected in history and get something positive out of it. From this.
“The only lesson I want to teach is that when something bad happens to you, it’s important to talk to an adult you trust. It could be a parent, family member, teacher, or elder. being bullied is not your fault. There is nothing wrong with you. No one should have to go through what I’ve been through.
The book – which sells for R95 – is available in Afrikaans (Shudu Vind Haar Sprankel), English (Shudu finds his magic), Sesotho (Shudu O Sibolla Boikgetho ba hae), Venda (Shudu u wana Vhu? Olo Hawe), Xhosa (uShudu u Fumanisa ukuba UnoMlingo) and Zulu (uShudu Uthola Umlingo Wakhe).
The Miss South Africa organization and Jacana Media are committed to making Shudufhadzo’s book available to children across the country, and copies will be donated to Childline and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) which helps children. faced with issues such as bullying and depression. Copies will also be given to literacy organizations like Biblionef, which donate books to schools and libraries to promote a love of reading.
According to Stephanie Weil, CEO of the Miss South Africa organization: “We are proud of Shudu and what she has accomplished with this book. We hope it will help teach children how to deal with bullying as well as kindness and compassion and what it means to be a friend Shudu always wanted to make a difference and she certainly did.
Shudufhadzo will be giving a series of virtual school lectures around the book’s publication and touring the country to promote it, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.
As the reigning Miss South Africa 2020, Musida will participate in the 70th Miss World Pageant to be held on December 16, 2021 at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She hopes to follow in the footsteps of Rolene Strauss, who won the title in 2014.
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