Budding author inspired by the pandemic

• By Rosalia David

BORN and bred in the dusty streets of Katutura, actress-turned-author Mumzy Chukwu has launched her first book titled ‘No time to waste time’ motivated by the death of her father and the Covid-19 pandemic.

In an interview with Confidente, Chukwu explained the inspiration behind the publication which further emphasises the importance of understanding time in one’s journey in the world.

“It aims to discourage any self-limiting beliefs that hold us back from achieving our time-bound purpose and also to provide practical steps to activate self-awareness which is the key ingredient in identity discovery.

“Deactivate self-limiting beliefs that hold us back from achieving our purpose and identifying and eliminating time wasting activities in our life, business or work environment,” she explained.

Chukwu said the idea of publishing the book came after acquiring her Master’s degree in 2019, as she developed a passion for purpose fulfillment and making a difference in the world.

After discovering her passion for writing, she embarked on giving daily motivational nuggets on her social media platforms.

“I then decided to go an extra mile and put my inspirational thoughts in book form. The Covid-19 pandemic disinherited or robbed us of some of the most skilled, talented, creative and intelligent members of our society. I am sure we all know of one or two people with so much potential who passed away during this period.

“I decided to write a book that is relevant to the times we are living in considering how unpredictably life has become short and a book that can inspire us to unleash our potential.

I deliberately entitled it ‘No time to waste time’ because there is no time to waste time. Our time in this world is short, we need to make a difference in this world,” said the budding author.

Asked on how long it took her to write the book, Chukwu said having a full-time job as an assistant registrar of the High Court during that period somewhat delayed the writing process.

“The main challenge was time constraints because at the time of writing of the book I was working and I was one of the few staff members who worked throughout the lockdown period as judiciary is considered essential services and we never closed during lockdown.

“Apart from time constraints, financial constraint was the other challenge as I had to sponsor the publishing of this book myself. Hence to overcome these challenges and finish publishing my book, I took a calculated risk of resigning from my work of 15 years,” she further explained.

Apart from writing books, Chukwu is also into films. She has acted in ‘The Third Will’ television series, ‘Captain Kalola’ and ‘Walls Have Ears’.

She recently also launched her movie titled ‘The Silentist’ on YouTube.