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Young SA Authors taking over the world

Young SA Authors taking over the world

South Africa is home to young authors who are changing the game not only locally, but internationally. A reading nation is a winning nation and these young minds are contributing to creating more content for young ones.

Here is a list of the youngest and most impressive writers born and bred in SA. 

  • Michelle Nkamankeng, who in 2016 became the youngest African author. Her achievement ranks her among the top 10 young authors globally. Michelle is the author of Waiting for the Waves. It is the first in a series of books, a story of overcoming fear.


  • Almé Hugo was inspired by the love of inventing entertaining stories for her little sister. 15-year-old Almé became a finalist in the annual Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards 2016 for her book, Speurder Nina Lucky, making her the youngest entry.
  • Award-winning author and activist Stacy Fru published her first book in 2015 when she was 8-years-old. The book tells the tale of tolerating differences through the title characters.


  • In 2015, Ammaarah Wadee did a school project for a creative writing class that led her to become a published author at the age of 11. Her book, A Feather's Tale: An African Feather's Fate, was published after her teacher entered it in a competition.  


  • Andy Petersen became a published author at the age of 16 in 2008 with his fantasy novel, Daniel Fox and the Jester’s Legacy. 


It is wonderful to watch these young authors change the literacy game globally. It's even more impressive that these young authors call South Africa home.




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