Inside the book ‘Duma Says’

Duma Says’ series is an ambitious project by Nathi Ngubane, the owner of Think Ahead Comix in partnership with Social Bandit Media. Social Bandit Media is an experimental media project based between Johannesburg and New York City. The books are completely crowdfunded by dozens of supporters around the world.

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You have seen the book, now meet the author!

The program will see Nathi Ngubane engaging in a series of events on Instagram, including discussions and debates with journalists, readings for schools and surprise e-meetings with some of his young fans and readers.


A Three Part Series

The book series details the adventures of Duma and his family living in an unnamed informal settlement in South Africa during this COVID-19 pandemic.


The story of the Pandemic

The books are unique in that they are an attempt to tell the story of the pandemic through the eyes of children living in tough circumstances.



The e-books are free to download while the paperbacks are available at Ike’s Books & EthniKids for South African readers. Booknook Bookstore, Amazon and Words Bookstore for International readers.



Duma Says has been featured by South Africa’s Department of Health, and Tweeted by the Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize. As well as Harvard University & The New York City School Library System.

Collector’s Edition Statistics

A collector’s item! All three books in one special volume! Now with a special introduction from author Nathi Ngubane and special advice for kids from Doctor Sam!

Print Length

78 pages


English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, KiSwahili, Sign Language & Braille & Audio Book

Publication date

29th January 2021


8.5 x 0.19 x 8.5 inches

Cover Type


Item Weight

7.6 ounces

Our Virtual Tour Dates

If you’d like Nathi to speak or read his book to your class, please feel free to get in touch.

In Conversation with Fatima Moosa

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In Conversation with Malika Bilal

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Interview with Audrey Brown BBC Africa

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Online Reading with Guidepost Montessori School

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Why I wrote Duma Says’ with Pontsho Pilane

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