A Cape Town teen has recently become a published author, making both South Africans and young creatives bubble with pride – and eagerness to give the book a read.
However, what spurred 17-year-old Ameer Allie to write his great novel was slightly unconventional. It came about after he was banned from social media.
A matric student at Curro Century City, Ameer wrote the fictional work in just 6 months. However, as Curro explains, the plot had actually “been in development for the better part of two years.”
According to GoodThingsGuy, if it weren’t for his mom opting to enforce a break from social media, The King’s Right Hand may not have come to be so soon.
“I guess my mom was onto something when she banned me from social media,” Ameer laughed.
A snippet of the story reads as follows:
“In the Middle East, a nation is at war itself. A council from the U.N. must come to a decision to deal with the matter, but not all members agree. The neighbouring nation’s king has a long-term relation with the troubled country. The king’s right hand must make sure his country’s interests are protected, regardless of the costs,” as per Amazon.
The official book launch was just last month on 5 May and hosted at Ameer’s high school. SA author Yusuf Daniels who wrote Living Lekka and Living Coloured were in attendance as well as the Deputy Director of Economic Development and Tourism Rashid Toefy.
The King’s Right Hand is up for purchase via Amazon.
Picture: Curro Century City