An interview with Matshona Dhliwayo : a Canadian based Philosopher, Entrepreneur and Author.


Matshona Dhliwayo

Matshona Dhliwayo is a young man who is set for the stars. If you wish to probe into his personality, all you need to do is read his powerful books and quotes. Follow link above to follow his inestimable wisdom.

He has achieved more than 8 million views on Google Plus simply because of his originality

Author of books such as The Little Book of Inspiration, Creativity, The Book, 50 Lessons Every Wise Mother Teaches Her Son, 100 Lessons Every Great Man Wants You to Know, 100 secrets to prosperity,The Art of Winning, Knowledge, The little book of great thoughts, and Lalibela’s Wise Man.

”Lalibela’s Wise Man is a gripping short story that can turn into an award winning movie. A must read for every startup entrepreneur, the wisdom found in this novel is priceless. Follow through the life transforming journey of Christian as he charters into the unknown territory of the mountainous region of Ethiopia in the quest to fulfill his father’s only gift to him, an instruction to find answers to the quagmire he is facing.

Lalibela’s Wise Man can be purchased at:

He is donating 50% of the proceeds of this book to an orphanage in Zimbabwe, so your support will go a long way in improving the lives of children in need.

I had a brief interview with him on his thought provoking book ”Lalibela’s Wise Man.”

Interview with Matshona Dhliwayo

What inspired you to write Lalibela’s Wise Man?

The book was inspired by my childhood visits to my grandfather in the countryside. We would spend many hours together while he tried to solve life’s mysteries, teaching me a great deal in the process. Not wanting to be selfish, I decided to pass on the wisdom he taught me to the world. Though he is no longer with us, he lives on in my work.

Tell us more about your background and how it has shaped your career?

As a child, my grandfather would tell me fables of the The Hare and The Tortoise not just to entertain me, but to instruct me. Now, even when writing fiction, I am continuously trying to impart some lesson.

If you are originally from Zimbabwe, why the Ethiopian setting?

Lalibela is the oldest monastery in Africa, to the best of my knowledge, where monks still reside today. I felt my grandfather, the first sage I had ever met, ought to have lived there. He was a very quiet man who spent time alone thinking about life, and Lalibela’s monasteries being cut off from the rest of the world, would have been the ideal place for him to live and spend time resolving life’s enigmas. 

You seem to connect with the Ethiopian culture and history. Can you delve further?

Ethiopia’s history is Africa’s history. We all descend from Ethiopia. That is why some of the world’s oldest remains are found there. The Bible itself implies that Ethiopia was close to the Garden of Eden; the place where the first humans lived.

I truly appreciate the positive gesture that you are doing by donating 50% of the proceeds to an orphanage. Is this your philanthropic personality or its part of your marketing strategy?

Zimbabwe has 1, 3 million Aids orphans alone. I tried to ignore it for years, telling myself someone else more capable would help them until I could no longer look at myself in the mirror. I knew I had to do something; I could easily have been one of them.

Have you considered the possibility of turning this script into a movie?

I have, only because people have been telling me it would make a good movie. I’ll reach out to some of my Hollywood friends and see what they say.

What methods are you currently using to market this gem?

Online marketing. Word of mouth.

What other distribution methods are you considering to expand the reach of this book to the four corners of the world?

You can buy the book on   

All other methods of distribution are on the table.

I am really inspired by your quotes! What inspirational quote would you like to impart to other aspiring writers and start up entrepreneurs?

“Don’t let the noise of mediocre people drown out the symphonies of your genius.”