Local author sells his book for R1 – ‘Introducing Ubuntu Stoicism’

South African author and entrepreneur Tiisetso Maloma says he is selling the first 400 print copies of his upcoming book for R1.

The book is titled ‘Introducing Ubuntu Stoicism: Gain Joy, Resilience, Productivity, and Defuse Anxiety.’

His publisher Bula Buka discloses that they are only selling pre-order copies within South Africa until the 30th of July 2022.

“Stoicism as a philosophy has been helpful to me as a pathway to get a grip on my anxieties and productivity since 2016. It’s not so known in South Africa. With this, I want to get the message in the hands of many people,” says Tiisetso Maloma.

Maloma is an entrepreneur, award-winning publisher and innovation scholar. His other books include The Anxious Entrepreneur and Forget the Business Plan Use this Short Model.

The new book will retail at R200 and will be published in September 2022. Tiisetso plans to release an NFT sculpture for the cover in two weeks.

Other South African celebrities who have recently released NFT projects include Anatii and DJ Sbu.

Introducing Ubuntu Stoicism is Tiisetso’s eighth book and is a slight deviation from his usual entrepreneurship and innovation writings.

The book is said to fuse the two ancient philosophies of Stoicism and Ubuntu. Ubuntu philosophy is carried through African proverbs to reinforce humility, inspiration and discipline.

Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy that was practised by slaves, emperors, artists, politicians, businessmen and warriors.

“It is a simple and telling philosophy. It is as Emperor Marcus Aurelius noted in notes to himself that, ‘If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.’ My stoic writings had an organic take off internationally. So, for a book, I thought I need to fuse it with some Africanism,” adds Tiisetso.

Introducing Ubuntu Stoicism will not only borrow virtues from African proverbs and stoics like Seneca. It also will borrow from modern icons outside stoicism, the likes of Nelson Mandela, Canadian clinical psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson and rapper Snoop Dogg.