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Nozizwe Cynthia Jele

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele is a South African novelist. Her debut novel, Happiness is a Four-Letter Word (Kwela Books, 2010), has won numerous awards including the Best First Book category (Africa region) in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011 and 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the Film Category. The book was adapted into film with the same title and released at the box office countrywide in February 2016. The Ones with Purpose (Kwela Books, 2018) is Nozizwe’s second novel.

Nozizwe is also an editorial board member of the People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) Women’s Writing Project, a member of the Johannesburg Review of Books Editorial Advisory Pane, and supports initiatives that promote reading and writing amongst young people through The Happiness Press Foundation. She is the recipient of 2018 Mbokodo Award: Women in the Arts (Literature Category).

Nozizwe lives in Johannesburg with her daughter and is currently working on her third book.

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Books

The Ones with Purpose

The Ones with Purpose is a remarkable story of family, disappointment, sacrifice, forgiveness, and love.

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Happiness is a Four-Letter Word

They say happiness is simply a state of mind, but is it? Fours friends – Nandi, Zaza, Princess and Tumi – are about to find out.

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