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Simon Chilembo, 2015

This is my long overdue debut novel. It’s a fantasy memoir working with which has been a  fulfilling journey. It is a recommended read for lovers of books and story telling, as well as, particularly, the English language spiced up with African language style flavours, including  imagery.


In the Diaspora, only the strong survive. This novel shuttles the reader across time in the life of an African Diasporant in his efforts to carve his own space of existence in Europe. His challenges, victories, and failures in the big inherent issues of life such as love, earning a living, friendships, family relations, competition, and prejudice are no different from anyone else’. The difference is in how he in his own way manages his life both in triumphant and hard times, driven by a strong sense of need for pursuance of fairness and justice in all his dealings with people across the nature of relations in given situations.

This is a story of love, hope, and faith encapsulated in one man’s life and his own unique philosophy of life. Because this is man of real flesh and blood, this story could as well be that of the next man or woman on the street. If the book inspires those finding it hard to make sense of living and life in the Diaspora not to lose hope, and hang in there, writing it will have been a worthy exercise to embark upon.

I also hope that the book will help hosts in the Diaspora to appreciate the fact that Diasporants are also human with the same strengths and fallibilities as everyone else.  Diasporants all want the same things of protection, happiness, human dignity and respect, as well as equal opportunities for longevity in abundance of, and accessibility to the basic necessities of life.

Buy the book! Read, enjoy, learn, and be inspired.

If falling does not kill you, it’s only natural to want to rise again. Once up and about again, you’ll have become wiser and stronger from the fall, that as a matter of course: what doesn’t kill you makes you strong; simple natural law logic as captured and highlighted by Nietzsche.

2. MACHONA – Emigrant


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This my second novel takes life experiences in the Diaspora to another level. The story traces the birth, growth, and development of a special boy child. Through a series of trainings and teachings by key people in his life, he grows up to be a man of means and power without equals in Africa. Born to serve and save his people, he fulfills his obligations in an extra-ordinary way. Buy the book and read to find out about who this boy is, what his mission is specifically, and how he actually goes about doing whatever he has to do in the pursuance of his duties. eBook publication here.

3. MACHONA AWAKENING – home in grey matter


In this book I have put together edited versions of a 32-series blog articles collection called “38 YEARS AN EXILE”. These I wrote from March 04, 2014 – December 29, 2015. In them I reflect upon my experiences of coming back to the land of my birth, South Africa, after living abroad for thirty eight years.

4. MACHONA SON – ain’t going nowhere

©Simon Chilembo 2017

©Simon Chilembo 2017

In this fourth book, the story is a first-person narrative by Sketch Medina, a third generation black immigrant child in South Africa in the 21st Century. It is a story of outsider, underdog immigrants’ progeny’s triumphs against adversity in their parents’ new homelands. It is a story of #defiance #machonasondefiance against #prejudice #ignorance #hate. It highlights the plight of black immigrant children in South Africa, starting with the challenges their own parents and grandparents had to endure in their earliest days in the country.

At some point, many of these children have to take a stand: should I stay, or should I go?

Although it is set in South Africa, this story is of global relevance as well.

Do, please, buy the book; read, enjoy, and be inspired.

e-Book version available  on Kindle on this link here.


©Simon Chilembo, 2018  Author, President  ChilemboStoryTelling™

©Simon Chilembo, 2018 – Author, President ChilemboStoryTelling™

Following the autobiographical MACHONA AWAKENING – Home in Grey Matter blog articles third book of mine, in MACHONA BLOGS – As I See It, I present a second collection of articles from my private blog.

Here, the articles are socio-politico commentaries written in response to, or inspired by various events and circumstances, both in my immediate and distant environments. Some articles will also be direct responses to other writers’ works on the numerous media platforms of our times.

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E-Book version available on Kindle.

6. MACHONA MOTHER – Shebeen Queen

This is a globally relevant very South African story. It also has a heavy Zambian leaning, around which the theme richly evolves. It highlights black people’s difficult lives from colonialism, through to apartheid days, into the post-1994 dispensation.

MACHONA MOTHER - Shebeen Queen

©Simon Chilembo 2019

We follow the protagonist, Glenda, from her childhood in her village. Together with several other children – cousins – they are raised by her maternal grandfather.

Tragedy visits the old man after he sends away the little girl to go and look for her mother in the gold mining city of Welkom.

Little Glenda gets to find her mother in Welkom. However, the lady is not keen to keep her daughter. Glenda is then sent away to her paternal grandfather in another town. Here, the girl gets to go to school, and thrives. At age 16, she returns to her mother in Welkom. Shortly afterwards, she meets her future husband.

The husband was a businessman. In 1970, he loses what would have been his biggest deal ever. In the meantime, the wife, Glenda, had been running a shebeen business for a few years already. The growth of black professional football in South Africa, in the early1970s, was a blessing for the business.

In 1975 she uses her economic might to she drag along her husband and children away to Zambia. Then, she becomes a female Machona herself, meeting her own challenges as a woman, wife, and mother in a foreign land, foreign culture.

Returning to South Africa 10 years later, new challenges arise for the family: the country has changed dramatically. The change is continual, culminating in the formal abolishing of apartheid, in 1994. Machona Mother’s children are all grown up, and have their own ideas of life. Her husband breathes and dreams. At some point, in the New South Africa, she looks back to the years of her life as a businesswoman, Shebeen Queen, who once had the whole town eating from her palms.

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2. MACHONA – Emigrant

Simon Chilembo
Tel.: +47 92525032
WhatsApp: +27 813185271
February 26, 2018


  1. Matshidi says:

    You’ve always been a great inspirational Uncle Cee, wish to read Machona – Emigrant seems like is more interesting and i want to know more and find out about this boy child. Well done!

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