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Mapule Mohulatsi’s new children’s book, Mizz President, is all about South African Girl Power. Written by Mohulatsi and illustrated by Mary-An Hampton, the 32-page work is set for release in August 2018.

Here is a synopsis from its publishers, Everychild Books:

Lerato must take charge when President Bulloo and his entire cabinet fall ill. Of course, our Mizz President gets busy immediately cleaning roads and handing out books as she rises to the occasion.

Mizz President is a delightful story about a young girl who finds herself thrust into the unexpected position of being president of her country. But our fearless shero knows exactly what to do and decides to right some mistakes. This brave and hopeful children’s book does not only entertain and inspire, but it also speaks to
matters of the day with a story that will enchant both children and adults. The vivid drawings beautifully reflect South African life.

Mapule Mohulatsi.

Mapule Mohulatsi is a South African writer and one of the best new essayists on the scene. We republished her essay, “The Nervous Conditions of the Mother Tongue,” which first appeared in Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, as well as review essays on Megan Ross’ poetry collection Milk Fever and, most recently, Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s Short Story Day Africa Prize winning story. Mohulatsi is studying for a Master’s Degree in African Literature at the University of Witwatersrand.

Mary-An Hampton is an illustrator and designer based in Cape Town.

To get Mizz President, please visit everychildbooks.com

Congratulations to Mapule Mohulatsi.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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