Paidamoyo Manomano – Ela Gweja – That Foreigner

Published by Beyond The Vale Publishing

Published date: October 2022

“No one was waiting for me as I arrived at Cape Town Station. My stomach was empty.”

Despite arriving in South Africa with virtually no possessions, Nyasha retains his principles throughout experiencing the dark side of street life in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Leaving his home, family, life and wife in Zimbabwe, Nyasha seeks to make a new life for himself. The contrasts between Zimbabwe and South Africa are evident and stark.

Ela Gweja is a story of hope, aspiration and inspiration. Nyasha will need every ounce of his sense of humour if he is to survive and thrive in his new life.

About the author

Paidamoyo Gerald Manomano is a self-taught award-winning author and poet born on the 3rd of June in Wedza, Zimbabwe.

In 2016 he won a writing award in the South African Men’s Writing Competition.

In 2019 he was published by the City of Cape Town, one of his poems was selected into the Writing My City anthology.

He writes creative non-fiction stories and his writings and poems carry an authentic voice for women, teenagers and people from marginalized backgrounds. Paidamoyo moved to Cape Town in 2008 where he lived on the streets. He survived on food from bins and did all sorts of menial jobs just to put food on the table. Paidamoyo advocates for social justice and he lives for the day when Africa will look within for solutions to her challenges. Ela Gweja -That Foreigner is his second book, a sequel to his first, Cheap Dirty Dog Blanket. Paidamoyo is a qualified Debt Counselor, currently, he lives in Cape Town with his wife of 20 years Netsai and their two children Gerald and his sister Ashley.

Ela Gweja is available on Amazon here.

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