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South Africa’s youngest published author Stacey Fru has her very own TEDx Talk about ‘Living Your Dream’, and you need to watch it!


Johannesburg, South Africa (30 April 2021) – Stacey Fru is an inspirational young lady with a bright future. We first shared her story in 2018, highlighting her incredible achievement of writing three books before the age of twelve.

Stacey Fru’s success isn’t only due to having three of her books published by the age of eleven, but for being Africa’s youngest published author at age seven!

She is a fun-loving and bubbly young South African born on the 16th of February 2007 in Johannesburg. She is the second of four children and also the youngest Author in Africa, who wrote her first book; ‘Smelly Cats’ without her parents’ knowledge at the age of seven.

In 2019, Stacey published a further two books, which earned her the title of National SPAR Hero of the Week. This is a title we at Good Things Guy honour our heroes each week in collaboration with SPAR. This week we received a delightful email from Stacey, who is now 14-years-old, sharing her deep thanks for honouring her with the title back in 2019.

“In 2019, I was named National Spar Hero of the Week in South Africa. It was a big honour for the 12-year-old me to recognised like that.

Years have gone by and although many other events have taken place, I still live the reality as if it happened yesterday. I write to appreciate you and to tell you that and want you to know that I have grown to understand the impact of the opportunity that you gave me. I am very humbled and remain forever indebted to you for opening up the world for me. Look at this; shortly after your appreciation of my works, I was encouraged to work further. My work has gained further credit and amongst the many achievements in my philanthropic works, I have been named the face of AU and ILO’s fight on the Elimination of Child Labour this 2021. I was also named a Child Prodigy 2020. I have given two TEDx Talks 2020 and 2021 on my favourite topic “LIVING YOUR DREAM” and I have represented the World’s Youth at the World Literacy Summit 2020 in Oxford University, England, to talk on The Role of Reading in Literacy.

Your contribution takes a great lead South Africa and I join the SPAR and partners to be proud of you. I humbly pledge to thrive in touching lives and bringing change to young people and adults alike as a literacy, safety and security activist, and philanthropist, because I am aware that those are the qualities that are dear to your heart.”

Stacey shared that since then, she was encouraged to continue her works and has gone on to accomplish many things, and has flown the South African flag high.

Stacey has been named the face of the African Union and International Labour Organisation’s fight on the Elimination of Child Labour this 2021. Her dreams have been coming true for some time which inspired her to share how you can live your dream. Stacey has done a TEDx Talk on the subject of “LIVING YOUR DREAM”, which she says is her favourite topic.

Take a look at her 2020 TEDx Talk below.

Sources: ILO / YouTube / Stacey Fru – Supplied
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