Why Write? Emmy Award-Winner and Author Lena Nozizwe Says Motivating Others and Trips to Paris Are Two Good Reasons For Starters
The author of Starring in Your Own Life (ISBN 0-784-87308-7), published by Simon & Schuster will share more of the perks of writing during her presentation, Why I Write at the Educational Cultural Center, 434 Oceanview Blvd., Friday, March 30th at 10:30 am. The program will be presented by the Diamond Literary Festival.
“Growing up I was the original Ugly Betty. Other kids were really mean. I grew to love books because they didn’t care what I looked like. Between the pages of a book I could go anywhere and be anyone,” says Nozizwe.
Books not only changed Nozizwe from the inside out, they inspired her to write.
Her byline has appeared in a number of national publications including Vibe, Complete Woman and Seventeen.
The onetime ugly duckling credits books, from self-help to biographies, for helping her make a transformation that prompted papers around the world to write about her.
The Washington Post cited her as one of the nation capital’s most fashionable residents. Ireland’s Sunday Independent described her as “beautiful, tenacious… and a bit on the beautiful side.”
“She is beautiful on the inside and out. Standing at 5ft, 10 in tall, she sparkles,” said the Jamaica Observer.
The graduate of Point Loma High School and San Diego State University says,
“I really want to get across the message to everyone who is in school and not part of the in crowd that reading and writing can be a great escape for outcasts.”
In addition her print bylines, Nozizwe has written for television, including at the CBS station in San Diego where she worked as an on-camera reporter. You may have seen her on ESPN, BET, SKY TV or on Fox’s America’s Most Wanted.
Nozizwe was born in Malawi, Africa, and came to the United States so that her mother Dr. Alice Princess Msumba Siwundhla, now a resident of Point Loma, could be featured on the pioneering reality show, This is Your Life.
She sees writing as a passport that’s taken her everywhere from Dublin to Brooklyn, Palm Beach to South Central, Zimbabwe to Alaska, Stockholm to San Diego, locations where she’s met cute guys and heard from readers who have been inspired by her motivational book, Starring in Your Own Life.
Read more at www.nozizwe.com.
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