Miss SA launches children’s book tackling bullying – Shudu Finds her Magic

SHUDUFHADZO ABIGAIL MUSIDA
ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHANTELLE AND BURGEN THORNE

In this courageous and beautiful book, Miss South Africa, Shudufhadzo Musida, tells the story of her upbringing: of a delightful and outgoing girl in a small village named Ha-Vhangani. She is surrounded by a loving extended family. Things for Shudu, however, take a turn for the worse when her mother gets a new job and they move to Mpumalanga. At her new school, Shudu is bullied by her classmates.

Read how Shudu overcomes the bullying and sadness, and grows into a girl, and then an adult, who has learned to love herself.
‘The one lesson I learnt is that when something bad is happening to you it is important to speak to an adult that you trust about it. This could be a parent, a family member, a teacher or an elder.

Remember that being bullied is not your fault. There is nothing wrong with you. Nobody should have to go through what I went through.’ – SHUDUFHADZO MUSIDA

Published in partnership with Miss South Africa, the book is available in Afrikaans (Shudu Vind Haar Sprankel), English (Shudu Finds Her Magic), Sesotho (Shudu O Sibolla Boikgetho ba hae), Venda (Shudu u wana Vhuṱolo Hawe), Xhosa (uShudu u Fumanisa ukuba UnoMlingo) and Zulu (uShudu Uthola Umlingo Wakhe).

Musida will be giving a series of virtual school readings and will do a countrywide tour to promote the book, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Booking requests may be made here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shudufhadzo Musida was born on 18 July 1996 in the village of Ha-Masia, Limpopo, South Africa. She has a BSc from the University of Pretoria and an honours degree in international relations from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a model and beauty pageant titleholder and was crowned Miss South Africa in 2020. Shudu is devoted to advocating for mental health awareness and the educational and economic empowerment of children and women.
Miss South Africa is a leadership platform for ambitious young South African women. Through a pageantry process, contestants receive world-renowned coaching in addition to advanced networking, business and life skills. Shaped into brand ambassadors for our country, they become champions of women’s rights, thought leaders and savvy career women who inspire other young South Africans to fulfil their potential, recognise their self-worth and find their place in the world.