Penehafo Kwaamushi Endjala, known as Penny, is an author who is passionate about humanity. She strives to raise awareness about social events that occur in the communities and around the world – and those that impact people in various areas of their lives.
Endjala lives in Windhoek, but she is originally from Otshasile village, Uukwambi district, Omusati region.
“I am happily married to Johannes Endjala for 28 years. Though a mother to many, I am a biological mother of two – a daughter and a son,” she told VIBEZ!
What is your educational background?
I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a number of certificates, including the transformational leadership certificate, which I am particularly proud of.
All of these were accomplished while my husband and I were growing our family business and raising seven children.
When did you start writing books?
I began writing my first book in October 2019, which was released on 22 May 2020 on my wedding anniversary. Following that, I wrote my second book, which was launched on my birthday, 22 August 2020. Then on 22 August 2021, the third book was published.
What made you write these kinds of books?
The purpose of these publications is to depict true-life tales in order to promote humanity and gratitude. The topics touch on a variety of social issues such as inheritance, ungratefulness, children upbringing, good friendships, the agony of barrenness in marriage, agony of an adopted child, resettlement, suffering from envy towards the children, the lives of the children after their mother’s death, the loss of value, knowing your parents’ clans, as well as looking after our parents – to name a few.
Tell us more about the three books you have written so far?
My first book is titled, ‘We need one another in life’/‘Aantu oya pumbwathana monkalamwenyo’. It has been published in six languages: Oshindonga, Rukwangali, Silozi, Afrikaans, English and French.
‘Counting my blessings’/‘Epandulo lyonkalamwenyo’ has been published in two languages: Oshindonga and English.
‘Suffering in Silence’/‘Okulilila komwenyo’ has also been published in Oshindonga and English.
Why should people read your books?
Reading, in general, has a wide range of advantages, including an enhanced vocabulary, stress reduction, cerebral stimulation, and improved attention and concentration. The nation should read their own stories, learning from various experiences that may be comparable to their own, unpacking the untold stories and potentially unlocking their own understanding that they didn’t even realise existed.
Only by learning new things can we expand our knowledge, and the finest teacher is reading. Many people in our societies have already been encouraged and inspired by these publications, and I am grateful for their support.
Let us keep the spirit of reading alive, since knowledge can make us brighter and more educated than only academics. Sometimes, the answer to your problems and troubles can be found in a book, or the knowledge you obtain can be used to help your siblings, children, friends, neighbours, and co-workers. Let us help Namibia meet its demand for more indigenous stories.
The hardcopies of the books are available in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo, Ondangwa, Oshakati, Ohangwena and Rundu.
Endjala can be reached on 081 36515 88; Facebook under Penny K; endjala@penehafokendjala, or at email@example.com.