Businesswoman pens ‘Suffering in Silence’

By Rosalia David

BUSINESSWOMAN Penny Endjala recently launched her third book titled ‘Suffering in Silence’.
The launch held virtually on Sunday was attended by more than 80 businesspeople and authors from across the country.
Speaking to Confidente after the launch, Endjala (PE) expressed gratitude at the way the launch had turned out and gave an in-depth view on her latest offering.

RD: Kindly give us a brief background on what ‘Suffering in Silence’ is about?
PE: ‘Suffering in Silence is a collection of six short stories about social challenges in our homes, communities and throughout the world … things that have been around for a long time and are still around and do not contribute any value to our lives or lives of others. I believe we should talk about them and find a method to totally eliminate them from our lives.

RD: What would you say inspired the context and title of the book?
PE: ‘Suffering in Silence’ as the title suggests, is a representation of the suffering many people are experiencing as a result of our actions.

RD: What are you trying to achieve through this book?
PE: I am raising awareness by reminding us all that we are all human beings who should treat one another as such.

RD: Who are the targeted audience and why?
PE: Anyone as young as 14 years old, the usual high school entrance age, can learn a lot from the book and avoid falling into the same trap as our generation.

RD: Your other book ‘We need one another in life’ has been translated into six languages, are you planning on translating the third book as well?
PE: That is my dream; it is expensive, but anything is possible.

RD: What would you say are some of the lessons people can learn from this book?
PE: The lessons in this book are simple; treat others the way you want to be treated, have love, a caring heart, and respect for one another and we should be willing to alter things within our power.

RD: How long did it take you to write the book and how was the experience?
PE: It took a bit long because I was writing two books at the same time, so it was about eight months. It was an exciting period and when you have an idea and you turn it into a story, it gives you satisfaction.

RD: What would you say are some of the challenges facing Namibian authors in general?
PE: There could be a lot of them, but I believe the following are the most prevalent/common.
Starting and finishing the book, which means that some people struggle to get started while others struggle to finish the book.
Obtaining or having funding for publishing.

RD: How would you describe the reading culture in Namibia?
PE: Namibia’s reading culture has been weak in general, but I believe that during the Covid-19 era, much has improved.

RD: Now that your third book is out, what more can bookworms expect from you as an author?
PE: I am currently working on a manuscript and the nation should expect more books.
I wish to expresses my gratitude to everyone who purchased my previous books and still looking forward to my writing, Thank you very much and I am humbly requesting that you keep sharing what you have read with your children, neighbours, friends and co-workers so that we can spread the positive message in the books.
Suffering in Silence’s kindle is available at Amazon, while hard copies will be available from the 26 August but remember there is a special price up to the 2nd of September for N$ 120, the normal price of N$150 will start from the 3rd of September.
The book is in two versions Oshindonga and English.
Books will be available at the following towns: Oshakati, Ondangwa, Otjiwarongo, Windhoek and Swakopmund.