Miss SA Shudufhadzo Musida writes children's book

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By Paula-Ann Smit

Miss SA Shudufhadzo Musida writes children’s book

Reigning Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida is now also a published children’s author, after writing Shudu Finds Her Magic.

The Limpopo beauty and mental health advocate announced the book launch on 22 July, a few days after obtaining her BA Honours in International Relations from Wits. You go, girl!

The book is inspired by Musida’s own childhood and the bullying she experienced. It is published in six languages by Jacana Media, and beautifully illustrated by married illustrators Chantelle and Burgen Thorne. 

“The book deals with bullying and the power of friendship,” said Musida. “I hope that youngsters will be able to see themselves reflected in the storyline and be able to take something positive away from it.”

Musida spoke about the impact that reading has had on her life in an Instagram post earlier this year:

Stephanie Weil, CEO of the Miss SA Organisation, said they are proud of Musida’s latest achievement. “She has always wanted to make a difference, and she certainly has.”

Weil said the organisation hopes that the book will help teach children kindness, compassion, and coping with bullying.

Copies of Shudu Finds Her Magic will be donated to Childline and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. Organisations like Biblionef (who donate books to schools and libraries) will also receive copies — we’re here for it! 

Musida will host virtual school talks about the book, and do a countrywide tour to promote it (adhering to Covid-19 restrictions, of course). 

Just in time for Women’s Month, Shudu Finds Her Magic will be available in bookstores countrywide by the end of August.