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Shudu Finds
Her Magic

'The one lesson I learnt is that when something bad is happening to you it is important to speak to an adult that you trust about it. This could be a parent, a family member, a teacher or an elder.'

– Shudufhadzo Abigail Musida

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'Don’t be silent,
speak until someone
hears you!

Remember that being bullied is not your fault. There is nothing wrong with you. Nobody should have to go through what I went through.’

– Shudufhadzo Abigail Musida

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Shudu Finds
Her Magic

Available in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho and Tshivenda

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‘Ants and mosquitoes are all
the same. But every human
being is unique.

Shudu is telling her story so that you can know this: if you feel different from everyone else, it might feel scary. But it means you have a special place in this world and the rest of us need you because you are perfect, just as you are. Bullies might think we have to be like ants or mosquitoes, but being different is a gift. Celebrate your magic!’

- Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town

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Shudu Finds
Her Magic

‘The spotlight on global bullying has highlighted the devastating effect sustained torment has on children. Shudu’s story teaches us all that we can ask for help and stand up for ourselves. Children, like adults, need to be treated with respect.’

- Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town

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Shudu Finds
Her Magic

Gugu smiled. “My darling child, you are already perfect. You just have to be yourself.” She pulled Shudu closer. “Just remember one thing, my child. If you are beautiful inside,” she tapped Shudu’s chest where her heart was beating, “then you will always be beautiful outside.”

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Shudu Finds Her Magic 

Written by Shudufhadzo Musida
Illustrations by Chantelle and Burgen Thorne

Available in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa,
isiZulu, Sesotho & Tshivenda

Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida. Pic by Yolanda van der Stoep copy

About the Author 

Shudufhadzo Musida was born on 18 July 1996 in the village of Ha-Masia, Limpopo, South Africa. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Science degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Pretoria. She also has an honours degree in international relations from the University of Witwatersrand. She is a South African model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss South Africa 2020. Shudu is devoted to advocating for mental health awareness and the educational and economic empowerment of children and women.

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Parents, Teachers and Caregivers

Download and share these free anti-bullying resources for parents, caregivers and teachers. Available in multiple languages.

Resources for Children

Bullying is never okay. Download and share these free anti-bullying resources for your children. Available in multiple languages.

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Sheets

Download these free activity sheets to use with children at home, in the classroom or at the library.

Virtual book readings for schools

Shudufhadzo Musida will be available for virtual book readings of her children’s picture book Shudu Finds Her Magic.

The ideal audiences would be preschoolers aged 5–7 years and foundation phase learners aged 7–9 years.
Kindly complete and submit the information below if you would like to book a virtual reading.
Schools may pre-order copies of Shudu Finds Her Magic in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho and Tshivenda.
Schools would need to have the necessary facilities to host a virtual event on either Crowdcast or Zoom.

The introduction and reading will take approximately 10–15 minutes. Shudu would be available to answer a few questions thereafter. Please plan for a 20–25 minute session.

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