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DUT brewed artist pens a book of life

DUT brewed artist pens a book of life


Media statement by Nomonde Mbadi, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs

Performing artist Malika Ndlovu has written a book entitled “Invisible Earthquake – a woman’s journal through stillbirth”, as a means of documenting her healing journey and creating a memorial for her only daughter Iman Bongiwe. The book is currently being be launched nationally from March 2009, as part of a broader mission to raise awareness around this profound, disturbingly common and yet seldom spoken about experience of thousands of women all over the world.

Ndlovu is a Durban-born performer-word-weaver-story-lover, mother of four children and several multi-media productions. Her words and visions have flown far from the nest, making their appearances on pages and stages in Austria, USA, UK, Holland, Ireland, Germany and the Philippines. She is constantly nourished by collaboration with other artists and motivated by her personal mantra ‘Healing Through Creativity’. She has a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Natal Technikon, now Durban University of Technology (DUT). She hails from Sydenham, in Durban.

On 3rd January 2003, Ndlovu, a writer, a performance poet and a mother of 2 sons, had a stillborn baby girl. Six years later this courageous and transformative path through grief has culminated in a poetic memoir entitled Invisible Earthquake – a woman’s journal through stillbirth, published by groundbreaking SA independent women’s press Modjaji Books. She intends for her book and personal healing process through creative expression, to offer comfort, insight and inspiration to all who read it. She strongly believes that this is a powerful way of breaking the silence that many women face in the form of lacking support organisations, families and friends who want you to move on or public ignorance about the specific loss of a child through stillbirth. She added that in there is very little support for South African mothers who have been through this traumatic experience even thought there are well established support organisations in other countries.

An esteemed performing artist and writer, Ndlovu is currently producing a stage play called ‘Sister Breyani’ directed by well known Lara Bye also originally from Durban and produced by the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, launching in April 2009.

For more information, please contact Bhekani Dlamini on 031 373 2845 to facilitate the interview.