Nne Na Inwi
This is what the judges had to say:
This novel is set in contemporary urban Venda, where global influences are fast encroaching onto traditional lifestyles. This is illustrated by the use of interactive computer programmes in school, the use of CDs in projects, internet use (blogs), buying each other romantic presents, and the like.
Phumudzo’s sister is in ICU and Phumudzo blames herself for it. Then her best friend is murdered and she starts to feel as if she is living in a strange world where she doesn’t understand why things happen the way they do. She sets out to find understanding, and uncovers secrets which set free a few other people besides herself.
The author’s language use is excellent and refreshing and the text is full of suspenseful incidents. The author possesses a matured world view. The sub-themes touch on interesting contemporary matters such as the role of ITC in education, medical conditions and forensic science. The author also touches on domestic and social issues such as growing up without a father, deceit and promiscuity, loveless households, the unchecked hormones of growing teenagers and guilt.