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Fundira tackles identity crisis in debut book

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BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
DESPITE years of tribulations and disappointments, United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean Shingie Fundira soldiered on and gathered courage to publish her debut English book.

Through perseverance, Fundira, who wears many jackets among them a life coach and a “licensed drug dealer” (Masters in Pharmacy), will tonight write another chapter in her life as a published author.

Invited guests will this evening gather at Rainbow Towers in Harare to witness Fundira launching Identity Crisis: Unlock The Hidden Treasure Within You, her debut non-fiction, inspirational book.

In the 115-paged book, Fundira tackles the subject of identity crisis in a thought-provoking and self-reflective way.

The book  published by United Kingdom-headquartered Dean Thompson Publishing company has already gained a 20-star rating on Amazon.

Speaking to NewsDay Life & Style yesterday, ahead of tonight’s launch, Fundira said writing had always been within her, but time was of essence, adding that the book was one of her most prized possessions.

“They say there is a season and a time for everything under the sun. I had to go through some trials, tribulations, setbacks and disappointments prior to fully becoming a seasoned author,” she said, adding that a seed had to be planted or rather buried before it geminates.

Fundira said life situations and conversations with like-minded people informed the book’s title.

Identity Crisis is a real crisis that undeniably affects you and I in one way or another. We may choose to accept it, embrace it or remain naive or oblivious to its existence due to cultured mindsets,” she said.

“I identified my own identity crisis through honest introspection and having hard talk with the person in the mirror. I had to do something about the inner being, emotions and somewhat oppressed sentiments, hence the title inspiration.”

Fundira added: “The book is a deep centre on an inherent contradiction within our need for self-worth, self-recognition and the desire to fit into a society that is inherently complex. That is a society characterised by cultural resistance, ignorance and/or traditional manipulation.”

While writing, Fundira said she faced the challenge of balancing work and finishing the book.

“I had some inevitable “dry writing” days. I did not struggle to put the chapters together at all. It was all within, waiting to be unlocked,” she said, adding that she wanted to launch the book last year when it was officially published (on July 1st), but the global COVID-19 pandemic inevitably interfered with her plans.

“I do believe that delay is not denial and there is always a time and a season for everything. This season definitely feels right to unleash this poignant novelty. It took roughly seven months to pen the book.”

“The writing juices were flowing and I took utmost advantage of the free time I had during the COVID-19-induced lockdown. Whenever there is a crisis, there is always an opportunity waiting to be seized. The pie is in the pudding,” she added.

Fundira has promised more books after Identity Crisis: Unlock the Hidden Treasure Within You.

“When you unlock your mind, you step into an ungovernable deep well that only you can lock. You will definitely see more hidden treasures being unlocked. Watch the space,” she said.

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