Epainette Nomaka Mbeki: A Humble Journey on her Footprints


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Epainette Mbeki (née Moerane) (born February 16, 1916) is the mother of former South African president Thabo Mbeki and widow of political activist Govan Mbeki. A Humble Journey On Her Footprints is the brainchild of writer and photographer Ndabula. She explains: “When I met Umama I was truly humbled. I felt there was a need for a book that focuses on her life and impressive achievements. She is a remarkable woman who has suffered huge hardships but has always given back to her community. She has been and continues to be an inspiration to women around the country. She really is an unsung heroine.” A Humble Journey On Her Footprints features a biography written by current City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu as well as a transcript of an SAfm interview conducted with Mrs Mbeki by Tim Modise. Ndabula contributes a chapter on Mrs Mbeki’s impressive community work while there is also an extract from Mark Gevisser’s biography of Thabo Mbeki The Dream Deferred. The book contains pictures from archives and family albums as well as a large number of beautiful pictures of her and her work taken by Ndabula. Biography — Interview with Tim Modise — Community projects — Islands — MaMbeki’s 92nd birthday celebrations — Portraits.

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Hardcvoer, 146pp, 29.5x28cm