Women’s Month: Spotlight on women writers
By Preflight Books
Spotlight on Women | Part 1: Lesang Lebakeng

This Women’s Month, we at Preflight Books are shining the spotlight on our women writers. We’re proud to be providing our services to these fantastic women and helping them to give wings to their words.

Author Profile: Lesang Lebakeng

Lesang Lebakeng is the author of a beautifully illustrated children’s book that tells the story of Masa’s Birthday Present – a doll that looks just like her and can speak.

Lesang’s story

I was born and raised in Botswana. I moved to South Africa in 2006. I hold a Bachelor’s of Education Degree in Foundation Phase from the University of the Witwatersrand. I am a mother of two and married to the most amazing man. I am currently residing in Accra, Ghana and enjoying writing children’s storybooks, a project that is very close to my heart.

I had the privilege of growing up amongst an army of very strong women – my late great grandmother, my mom and my five aunts. They all played a pivotal role in shaping the woman that I am today. But in this article, I would like to honour my late great grandmother.

Lesang’s inspiration

My great grandmother taught me respect, honesty, resilience and selflessness. She was the epitome of strength and zeal. She gave without expecting anything in return; she would give the last crystal of her sugar without any hesitation. Her home was a home for all.

When I was a little girl, my great grandmother made me a soft toy. It was a little doll that looked just like me. She had beautiful soft brown ‘skin’. I have carried this memory all my life; in my younger years I could not decipher the meaning ofthe doll, but today as an adult I realised that my grandmother was cementing and solidifying my identity as a black woman. Today I am writing children’s storybooks that were inspired by her. My great grandmother is my biggest inspiration.

To all the women out there, let us continue to empower, liberate and embrace ourselves.

I wish every single woman a very happy women’s month. Mosadi thari ya sechaba!

Masa’s Birthday Present coming soon.

To pre-order or get in touch, email Lesang at lesang.lebakeng@gmail.com

Preflight Books is a division of BK Publishing (Pty) Ltd.

Shop books and magazines here.

You might also like:

E-books vs Print books

E-books vs Print books

E-books vs Print books An E-book, short for electronic book, is a book that has been converted to an electronic format consisting of text and images mimicking the layout of a printed book. ProsCons• E-books are environmentally friendly. • E-books are portable, thus...

Copyrights and Moral rights

Copyrights and Moral rights

What you need to know about Copyrights and Moral rights What should authors and illustrators know before they put their work of art out there? Nobody thinks about the small artwork in the corner, but there are certain things to know before you publish. Here are some...

Lizo Mandlendoda

Lizo Mandlendoda

Who is Lizo Mandlendoda? space Born in the Eastern Cape, Mr Lizo Mandlendoda, popularly known as Mr. Mandla and having earned the title the 'King of Agriculture', is an entrepreneur who has dedicated his life and career to alleviating poverty in his community, country...