Writing has been a wonderful experience to me because it is a place I can go to and a voice that I can use when I want to be heard. In writing, I examine myself, the environment I live in and that which raised me. Writing has made me grow up in a lot of ways. It has made me understand life, and more so, it has given my own life meaning. It is my sincere hope that my writing can restore hope to someone who had lost it and change someone’s life positively.
It is my hope that the stories and real life situations that I share will make those who may be feeling unimportant because of different situations realize that they are important, whether rich or poor, young or old, male or female. I want to try to make those who feel unwanted and hopeless know that their life and presence is validated. Writing has made me aware of and responsible for the energy I am bringing to the world. I feel that in writing, I am capable of contributing to the healing and repairing of broken hearts and lives. In my small way of doing so, I want to dedicate part of my professional life to issues that affect women and children most.
Tsitsi Nomsa Ngwenya grew up in Matobo in Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe. She was first published by University of South Africa Journal, Imbizo, in 2014. In 2016, Radiant Publishing House published her first novel, Izinyawo Zayizolo written in her mother tongue, IsiNdebele. The novel was received with much critical acclaim in the academia. In 2017, Royal Publishing House published a collection of short stories titled, The Fifty Rand Note. The same Publishing House published her first novel in English, Portrait of Emlanjeni in 2020.
Tsitsi has been interviewed by students in various fields of study who have used her books for research purposes. Recently she has been a guest at University of KwaZulu Natal where her Ndebele novel, Izinyawo Zayizolo is used for research purposes in the Languages and Linguistics Department.