Author Martin Z. Mkize captures the multi-faceted sides of Black culture found in South Africa and the United States. Sex, money, and fine clothes lead to gossip, theft, and murder throughout the life of his main character Zakes who is bullied to take his own life when others torment him with “Do it, fool. No one loves you.”
So much hatred and violence with no guilt or remorse. How can that be?
Journey with Zakes through Africa and North America as he confronts the world’s hyenas and sheep-skinned wolves. Even though a victim to all their sins, Zakes rises to a higher level, finding Truth and Love to shine above and beyond the chaos and confusion that threaten his life and culture.
The multi-faceted sides of Black culture are honestly portrayed and exposed through this fictional drama. "Rise and Shine" is Martin the Great’s second book, a companion to his book of poetry "Now What? Volume One."