South Africa’s Black Economic Empowerment (B.E.E.) policy has produced a super-rich strata of society, appropriately nicknamed the Black Diamonds. Neo is the perfect B.E.E. wife to Tshepo Dube, a wealthy Johannesburg businessman, who abuses her and is known to have affairs.
In this dazzling tale of intrigue, Neo eventually tries to beat Tshepo at his own dangerous game with some alarming consequences... Aided by her loyal friends and the wisdom of the older Black Diamond wives, Neo struggles against sangomas, adultery and her own low self-esteem in her quest to become a Queen B.E.E.
Lebo Matseke provides a fascinating insight into the Black Diamond society and what happens to those who transgress the unspoken rules of the game.
About The Author
Lebogang Neo Matseke was born in 1983 into a medical family but took her cue from her paternal grandfather, a high school principal and author of many books written in Tswana. Following her dream to produce and direct movies she studied at the Wits Business School and thereafter spent a year in Delhi furthering her studies. However severe illness struck and Lebo was forced to rethink her career. Writing became an escape from her illness and she attended the Thursday Workshops in Johannesburg held by Jane Fox, the well-known poet and mentor. Lebo initially wanted to write about the lives of Black Diamond Women but a burglary at her family’s holiday home where she herself was a victim, introduced a new element into her storytelling. Queen B.E.E. is the outcome.
*Queen B.E.E. will be launched on 18 April 2015 in Johannesburg.