The book walks you through Yibanathi Bhengu's story: Ntandokazi is a fictional novel about a young girl Yibanathi from a rural village in KwaZulu-Natal, Bergville Zwelisha, South Africa. Yibanathi finds herself being a victim of a forced marriage labelled Ukuthwala where she is married off as a teenager without her consent to an older man.
She does not agree with the decisions imposed on her life while she cannot do anything to change what has been decided for her by her family and her in-laws.
In her quest to find independence, Yibanathi abandons her newborn twins to pursue her studies in law with her maternal aunt's help. She later graduates top of her class, finds love and decides to go back to the village to get custody of her growing twins.
She is met with resistance and ultimately finds out that her younger sister Uluthando had to replace her as a Bhengu bride while Yibanathi pursued her dreams.
She discovers that the man she goes back with as her life partner has a deep history with the Bhengu family. There are a lot of twists and turns, buried secrets while the lesson brought to the fore is that whatever is not confronted is bound to come back to you as nothing goes unchallenged in life.
There are two choices - confront the situation and bear the consequences or run away from confrontation and create an even bigger web of unresolved mysteries that will have a ripple effect on those around you and the future generation.
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