26532857SYNOPSIS: Nkoninkoni is a short story out of Africa. Nkoninkoni is the Wildebeest. Legend has it that it was the last animal made by God, and that because He had mostly run out of body parts by then, he made the Wildebeest using the leftover parts he had from other animals, and that’s why the Wildebeest looks like a clown. Siphiso seems to have the same problem with his oddly shaped face and is bullied because of it, until one day he goes on a magical journey with his grandfather, and that day changes his life forever.


This story may be very short, but it is also very powerful. It’s a very easy read that I would highly recommend to children, young adults, and adults alike. It sends a very clear message concerning issues of bullying, and animal cruelty/crimes against nature in both touching and delightful ways.

It is written in the same manner as Jo’s earlier and much longer work, African Me and Satellite TV which happens to be one of my all time favourites… A definite five stars for me!


About Kev

Kev is an Author & Songwriter. After years of studying, and even more years working in education, and management in the US, he returned to his hometown in England where he finally settled down to focus on his writing and music. Links to his works can be found in the widget bar, and more information about them can be found on his pages above. He would greatly appreciate it if you would check them out. Kev has a M.Ed in Secondary Education with English as his main subject area. He also did post-graduate studies in Christian Counselling and Psychopathology after obtaining a BA in Psychology with a minor in Classical Greek.

8 comments on “Nkoninkoni

  1. I have many of Jo’s books and still have to write reviews for them! So many books and this short story sounds like one to pick up! 🙂

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  2. I have this one on my Kindle. I’ll have to sneak it in after my current read. Sounds like pure pleasure to read. 🙂

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  3. Hi, Kev & Jo! Just to download my copy of Nkoninkoni after reading the review. I’m a huge fan of yours, Jo and can’t wait to read this one too… 🙂

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  4. Loved the review, Kev…and thanks for the reminder! I bought this last week and then forgot! LOL!

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