Rofhiwa Maneta, a writer based in Cape Town is releasing his self-published book at the end of the month. The book will be called Metanoia, and is a collection of short stories Rofhiwa, who’s originally from Jozi, wrote since moving to Cape Town in 2014.
“Initially the book was meant to be a sacrilegious bible (hence the title – metanoia means repentance in Greek) but I decided against it after showing it to a couple of people,” Rofhiwa says. “Now it’s just a book of loosely connected short stories – mostly about life in Cape Town as a black dude. So there’s stuff about not getting a place to live in because I’m black, there’s some stuff about men being trash, and the longest story is about a dude who has a mental breakdown and gets committed to a psych ward in Milnerton (suburb in Cape Town).”
The excerpt he reads details what sounds like a morning after a one-night stand with a woman by the name of Zinhle. We won’t spoil it for you, you have to hear it yourself.
We can’t wait to get our hands on that book. Watch the video of Rofhiwa reading the excerpt below, and keep up with on Twitter.
Video shot and edited by Tseliso Monaheng.
Photography by Andy Mkosi