Sakaria Ipinge Haludilu, born in the northern part of Namibia, started writing books in memory of his late mother who also had a passion for writing however, her work was not publicly published. Sakaria is a school teacher and believes that the reading culture in Namibia requires a fast intervention as many refuse to read.
He sits with Biashara newspaper, as he takes us through his first book “Joyous – Hyena in the Sheepskin” a soul-stirring read for each of us, centered around the theme of resilience and not giving up, and aimed to shake the sleeping self in us. He writes about an unforgettable reflection on his life journey, identity, humanity and a life lived without regret.
Haludilu’s suggestions in his book are straightforward, thoughtful, and easy to implement and often just a matter of shifting perspective and seeing the world differently. He illustrates each with a moving personal story to help you banish regret from your life forever.
What’s the theme of the book?
The main theme of the book is “never give up in life”. It also speaks about smiling through tough situations and to never forget your humanity.
In your book, you speak about life challenges and betrayals. Are these problems you have experienced as a child or just a set of relatable life situations?
None of the challenges or experiences is really me. I simply went with facts about life. The closest people to us can be the evilest, pretending to be the greatest to you and making you feel you mean the world to them. Also, I touched on the importance of forgiveness and faith. We need hope in this world and the only way to achieve this is if we have people with great characters around us. Perhaps, I should mention that I relate to the character because of my forgiving nature too, thus some areas of the storyline involve a lot of forgiving.
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (Child, teenager, young adult)?
I usually write about my teenager and young adult life.
How long did it take you to write the book?
It took me a few months. However, to get it published, it took me over two years as no publisher was interested in my story and some didn’t respond after I had submitted my script.
What did you hope to achieve through writing this book?
Change one’s view on life. Also, I wanted to capture an audience through laughter and joy.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have one, Secilia Kandjungu. She is a great writer and reminds me of how often we should express ourselves.
Do you want each of your book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
The first book, I plan on it to be a chain of books. The rest, for example, the one I’m working on now will not have any further writings. However, I noticed that many of the people who read my content, always want more. I leave them with so much suspense which triggers their request for more.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I made connections with a publisher and it paved way for me to write without the pressure of where I will get a publisher and so making writing smooth.
What’s next for you? Will you continue to write? Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Writing will not stop in me. In the next five years, I plan on having a home area where I sit and write. I should mention, I don’t only write storybooks, I write anything and everything constructive and I express myself when it comes to injustices in society and country.
What’s the best way to market your books?
At the moment in Namibia, you use personal connections to the market. Like I mentioned earlier, a reading culture here is low. Therefore don’t expect your book to sell in a shop in a while.
How can we get a copy and how much is it?
At the moment, copies are done and each cost N$100. However, I have more coming soon. I can be reached on my mobile 081 657 3778 or via email: email@example.com for 20 books and above. My book has the ISBN and I managed to submit it to education offices for review, however, not approved for schools use yet.