Penning success: How Pauline turned writing into a lucrative career Miss Pauline Ndhlovu, the author

Blessing Karubwa

A 26-year-old woman from Simanje Village, Lopila Line, under Chief Gampu in Tsholotsho, Matabeleland North Province, has transformed her life from financial struggle to artistic success.

Pauline Ndhlovu, once in dire need of financial support for higher education, has now discovered her true potential in the arts, finding both solace and success.

Ndhlovu’s story, which serves as an inspiration to others facing obstacles, was highlighted in a Chronicle edition on March 9 last year. Initially aspiring to become a social worker, she has since found her niche in the arts. Despite earning 12 points in her Advanced level studies in 2016, financial constraints prevented her from attending university.

Miss Pauline

Determined to further her education, Ndhlovu worked as a volunteer aid officer at the Filabusi Government Complex in Matabeleland South Province, but this did not lead to the expected results. In 2022, she left Zimbabwe for South Africa in search of better opportunities, which proved fruitless.

With her 89-year-old father incapacitated and unable to support her education, and her siblings preoccupied with their own financial struggles, Ndhlovu experienced a significant shift in her life’s focus. She began writing poetry as a hobby, which has now become a lucrative career.

In an interview, Ndhlovu revealed that writing, often disliked by many, has enabled her to earn a living. The success of her first book, Dawn On Me, has been a financial boon, showcasing the potential of her literary talents.

“Seeing how people were buying my books was a top-notch motivation that came to me unprepared. It is a great feeling, a motivation to keep writing and never stop. I am now saving for my university expenses. Maybe one day I will go.

“I have loved writing since I was young, in primary school. However, I didn’t know that was a talent. I started writing short stories that my friends read and loved not knowing it was going to go this big when I came over here, to SA. I was just job-seeking like everyone else but now I am in arts, full time and managing a living,” added Ndhlovu

Once hesitant to embrace the arts as more than a passion, Ndhlovu has now woven her love for creativity into a thriving career. Yet, life had a different script in store for her. Ndhlovu, who had once placed her academic aspirations at the forefront, hoping to tread the path of social work, discovered an unexpected twist in her journey.

The art of writing books has not only unlocked new financial pathways but has also instilled a profound sense of confidence and fulfilment within her.

Her literary prowess has already borne fruit with two published works to her name, one of which is on the cusp of transcending the pages to become a motion picture.

Amid this burgeoning success, Ndhlovu is fervently crafting her next novel, anticipated to grace bookshelves before the year’s curtain falls. And as the New Year dawns, readers can expect even more literary offerings from this rising star.

“Most people say art does not pay but here I am selling my books and it is like I am getting paid for doing what I love. I can safely say I am eking a living. I want to be an artist fully, I want to change lives, I want to depend on it and I want to be able to assist vulnerable communities someday.

“Yes, I am not anywhere near especially considering where I want to be but at least I am on my way there. I have taken the necessary steps. I want to write many books which will be turned into films so that I can make sums of money and I can safely confirm that I have taken important steps to get there,” she boldly said.

Raised in a home of eight, Ndhlovu finds joy and solace in her literary endeavours. It’s not just the act of writing that fills her with pride, but the resonance of her stories with those who peruse her pages.

Her foray into the literary world, particularly through her inventive Christian romance novels, has paved the way for entrepreneurial ventures. With the success of her books, Ndhlovu has ventured into the digital marketplace, establishing an online retail business.

“I have sold more than a hundred books and each book goes for R250. I have been using my funds wisely and have so far started an online retail store where I sell a lot of items. The business is doing great and has helped me become more independent as a woman.

“One of my books is being turned into a film and we expect to start rehearsals early this June,” said Ndhlovu.
Ndhlovu has made a strategic choice to concentrate on her entrepreneurial endeavours over traditional employment.

This self-directed path not only fosters her personal growth but also fortifies her commercial ventures.

In a spirit of solidarity, Ndhlovu extends a message of empowerment to her fellow women. She urges them to harness their innate abilities and to unearth positivity amid life’s trials.

As an accomplished author with two novels to her credit, Ndhlovu credits the adage “a chance gone begging” as a catalyst for self-discovery.

It is this maxim that has illuminated the wealth of talent within her, guiding her to seize the moments that shape destiny.

“I like being my boss and making money while staying home. I am getting to know the pros and cons of business. I am learning how to build my clientele and above all I am getting much time to write as many books as I can.

“Do not sit and wait for help. It might never come. Use what God gave you to make ends meet. When you ask God for fruits, He gives you a tree to nurture until you can reap your desired fruits.

God gave me these talents so that I can use them to finance everything I need. I am grateful for every problem, grateful for every lack and every future because it has taught me how to be independent,” said Ndhlovu. — @TeamKarubwa

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