By Jeoffrey Mukubi
AWARD-winning author and theatre and arts enthusiast, Jenny Kandenge, recently launched a booked, titled Trauma, which deals with issues affecting young girls, such as sexual abuse, teenage pregnancies, gender-based violence, depression, relationships and transactional sex.
The book targets teenagers and young adults, in order to encourage them, and exposes the untold stories of teenagers going through various social challenges. Trauma is a story about four best friends – Lizzette, Grace, Pearl and Justina – who are all in their final year of high school and are going through issues that could potentially jeopardise their schoolwork. The story is set in Windhoek, where most of these issues play a big role in the lives of young Namibians. It is clear that Kandenge is trying to motivate young girls, while giving them choices about how they can deal with certain issues that they feel are destroying or hampering their education.
It took about eight years for Kandenge to finish the book, which she explains as one of her best works yet.
“I hope it will inspire others and it will tell the stories of the girls who hide behind windows, as well as bring issues we face in our community to light,” Kandenge said.
She was born and raised in Namibia and is currently pursuing a Media Degree at the University of Namibia (Unam). She is also a Drama student at Unam, where her skills as a playwright, director and actress have flourished to the extent of her receiving an award for Best Script in Theatre at the National Theatre and Film Awards. The book is endorsed by Lifeline/ChildLine Namibia and is currently available in hard copy or on Amazon.
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