Ga Ke Modisa by Sabata-mpho Mokae. Geko Publishing. R95, paperback. 2012
Between the covers: Ga Ke Modisa (I am not my brother’s keeper) is about Otsile Mothibi and Thebe Mothibi; brothers who have fallen in love with the same woman, Nandi. The brothers get into a bitter fight over Nandi forcing her to make a choice between the two of them. But even after she has made her choice, the brother who has lost her struggles to accept this. The brothers remain at odds with each other. This story is about love, greed and brotherhood.
Ga Ke Modisa won two M-Net Literary Awards in 2013 – Best Setswana Novel and the Film category.
The storyteller: Sabata-mpho Mokae, is a journalist and author who is based in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. He is a Sol Plaatje biographer having written the book The Story of Sol T. Plaatje. He also has a book of poetry titled Escaping Trauma. He reviews books in the Kimberly based Diamond Fields Advertiser and on Motsweding FM.
Reader Profile: This books can be enjoyed by anyone 18 years and older who enjoys the drama, intrigue and romance. This book lover will also have a good understanding of Setswana and have a proficient reading level.
“A tota mongwe a ne a ka se ke a mo utlwela botlhoko gonne a kile a kgaratlhela kgololosego ya bagaabo? A gone go ne go se ope yo o neng a ka sisimoga maemo a gagwe mo dipoletiking? Kana le badisa ba itse sentle fa le mo lesakeng dikgomo di sa lekane. A mme morwa’a Mothibi otla wela fela ka lengope le fa a kile a neela setshaba botshelo jwa gagwe, a lebala toro ya gagwe ya go nna mmueledi mme a ya botshabelo go ya go lwa ntwa a le kwa ntle?”
“‘Bagaetsho, nte ke le itsise sewagodimo sa me. Yo, ke ene yo ke wang ke tsoga nae. Leina la gagwe ke Nandi Dlamini. Mo nakong e e sa fediseng pelo, o tlile go nna Nandi Mothibi,’ a bua a tsholeditse lentswe gore botlhe ba mo utlwe.”