You have seen the book, now meet the author!

Author and illustrator Nathi Ngubane will be embarking on a month-long virtual tour between February and March to promote and message of ‘Duma Says’, the critically acclaimed children’s book about a group of disadvantaged children navigating covid-19.

The program will see Ngubane engaging in a series events on Instagram, including discussions and debates with journalists, readings for schools and surprise e-meetings with some of his young fans and readers.

On March 4, Nathi will discuss the journey of the book with award winning South African journalist Pontsho Pilane. You can access the event here.

Nathi’s tour started off his virtual tour with a conversation with Al Jazeera English’s broadcaster and journalist Malika Bilal on February 13, followed by a conversation with Fatima Moosa from The Daily Vox on February 22.

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About ‘Duma Says’

Duma Says’ series is an ambitious project by Nathi Ngubane (Think Ahead Comix) in partnership with Social Bandit Media, an experimental media project based between Johannesburg and New York City. The books are completely crowdfunded by dozens of supporters around the world.

The three-part book series details the adventures of Duma and his family living in an unnamed informal settlement in South Africa during this COVID-19 pandemic. The books are unique in that they are an attempt to tell the story of the pandemic through the eyes of children living in tough circumstances.

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The e-books are free to download while the paperbacks will be available at Ike’s Books, EthniKids for South African readers and on Amazon and for international readers.

Duma Says has has been featured and endorsed by South Africa’s Dept of Health, shared by Minister of Health Zweli Mkize, and hosted on the department’s official covid website (which is a zero rated website, ie. it does not use up precious internet data!).

If you want Nathi to speak or his book to your class, please feel free to get in touch. Drop us an email:

Pontso Pilane and Nathi Ngubane

About Nathi Ngubane:

Nathi Ngubane is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Johannesburg. ‘Duma Says’ is his first children’s book.

Full Program:

In Conversation with with Malika Bilal, Friday February  13, @MalikaBilal, 19h30 Johannesburg
Interview with Audrey Brown, BBC Africa, February 17, 15h00, GMT
Online Book Reading with the Guidepost Montessori Virtual School, February 19 (Closed session)
In Conversation with Fatima Moosa, The Daily Vox, 22 February 2021, 17h00 (SAST)
Interview with Metro FM, March 3, 10h00 (SAST)
‘Why I wrote Duma Says’ with Pontsho Pilane, March 4 @PontshoPilane 16h00 Johannesburg

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