Songstress Rudo Chakwera has unveiled her new artistic face following the publishing of her maiden book titled Finding Mr Right.
In the book, Chakwera unpacks tools to guide youths, especially girls, as they transition into adulthood to aid them make crucial decisions that will impact their future and ultimately define their lives.
The book’s back cover reads: “I have always longed for this moment when I can write about a handbook on this difficult topic and yet a crucial area of life for any young person… I am compelled to share what life has taught me through my teenages, 20’s and even 30’s.”
In an interview, she said she has written some of the lessons she learnt that she wished was told by someone beforehand to help make better choices in matters of relationships.
“This book is about my life’s experience in finding the man I settled down with for marriage. I have gone through ups and downs, some necessary and yet some not. There are some relationships, that I entered into, that I should have skipped if I had to go back,” she said.
The musician-cum-author said the biggest lesson that she wants youths to appreciate is that what they are going through is what some adults around them also went through. She said it is important that they should not try to reinvent the wheel by trying to live life by themselves.
Rudo said: “There is a lot of pressure because of the social media age that we are living in. Everyone is living a fake and superficial life of luxury on spaces such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram.”
The book will be formally unveiled in October and it has been published under a local publisher Revotech.
The 39-year-old is one of the renowned professional singers and artists in Malawi, having graduated with a bachelor of arts humanities degree from Chancellor College where she majored in music and drama.
Daughter to Malawi’s jazz icon Isaac Mkukupa, Rudo has three solo albums to her credit with the fourth one in the pipeline.
She currently serves as the general secretary for the Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM).