Author of six books at age 26 seeks funds for NYFA


Last year Soweto born 26 year old author, Nonhlanhla Mnisi celebrated her personal milestone of having published six books by age 26. This year she is half way to raising funds to attend the New York Film Academy.

Mnisi is an author, writer and radio/tv producer who holds an undergraduate degree in B.Com Banking and an Honours in Business Management. An entrepreneur she founded SwitchArk Productions which specializes in ghost-writing, public/media relations. She recently launched six books written under the theme: 6 Books at 26 years.

The books are:
• Life Changes; published in the UK – 2010 (Motivational Poetry)
• Shades of my Brutality; published in SA – 2013 (My life story)
• Stained for a season, cleansed for life; published in SA – 2013 (Short story of a cancer survivor)
• Overdue Resignation; published in SA- 2013 (Motivation)
• A Good Woman/Man BUT not a Great Partner; published in SA- 2014 (Motivation Insights)
• Township to City; published in the USA – 2015 (Vision+Passion = Purpose)

Mnisi has been offered a partial bursary by the New York Film Academy to be part of a one year producing programme in film and TV in New York City. It is an opportunity to enhance her skills in the arts space, wherein she would like to come back and contribute to the SA economy as far as arts, culture and entertainment is concerned. “I live by my formula Vision + Passion = Purpose which encompasses me executing my vision in things I do with my heart and not my strength. I aim to specialize in documentaries films, and reality shows wherein I get to turn some of my books into production scripts, drama series, as well as capture our South African historic and prolific individuals our youth don’t know much about,’ said Mnisi.

Mnisi is seeking financial assistance for a programme which resumes on 31 May 2016. She has already paid the deposit to secure her space to be part of this programme.

The required fees breakdown:

$25 000 (Tuition remaining balance covering both semesters) – half is due and is approximately R170 000.
Through her ghostwriting and PR work she has raised $7600 for living expenses.

If you would like to sponsor Mnisi you can email her at

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Cera-Jane Catton is a writer and journalist with years of experience in community newspapers, blogging and freelance journalism. She has worked in a cache of capacities, often finding herself behind or in front of the cameras, intentionally and less so. She has been a stunt double in two Bollywood movies, has worked in various capacities on a number of natural history documentaries, and other international productions shot in South Africa. Cera is a former Screen Africa journalist.


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