Angela Makholwa Moabelo
From an early age, Angela Makholwa harbored dreams of becoming a storyteller. Her love for the written word saw her first short story being published at the age of 13 in the popular youth publication; Upbeat Magazine. From that moment, the bug had bitten. Angela went onto graduate as a Journalism major at Rhodes University and practiced as a journalist for several years before starting her own PR and events management company; Britespark Communications in 2002.
Her debut novel, Red Ink is a crime thriller set in Johannesburg which was published to both public and critical acclaim in 2007. This was followed by “The 30th Candle”, a book that revolves around four university friends who navigate their way to their 30th birthdays with humorous and sometimes unexpected results.
The “Black Widow Society” (published in 2013) follows the cloak and dagger workings of a secret society of middle-class women who plot to eliminate their errant husbands through devious and underhanded means, giving fresh meaning to the words “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.
Angela’s latest book “The Blessed Girl” (published in October 2017) became an instant hit as it explores the social dynamic of the “blesser/blessee” relationship in the context of a post-democratic South Africa. Narrated from the perspective of twenty-something year -old Bontle Tau, the book is humorous yet poignant.
Praise for Blessed Girl “The novel confronts the realities of what it means to be on the receiving end of a transactional relationship. Although not a uniform representation of the mindset of all blessees, The Blessed Girl is an interesting delve into the intricacies involved in this unsaid partnership of transactional sex”, Lethabo Mailula, Mail & Guardian.