The Pavement Bookworm – We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB

It’s the last Friday of the month and it’s the aim of We Are The World Blogfest to shine a little light on any darkness in the world or in ourselves by sharing uplifting stories. This gathering takes place once a month.

I’m a co-host for this month, alongside the following amazing people: Lynn Hallbrooks, Sylvia Stein, Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen

Twenty four year old Philani Dladla is one of the most inspirational young South Africans you’re likely to meet. An avid reader with an insatiable desire for knowledge, Philani has used his love for books to overcome drug addiction and change his lot in life – while trying to do the same for others.

Read more about his story HERE


Philani knows the power books have to change society and wants to share the gift with as many underprivileged children as possible through his story. It is a story that has the power to motivate and inspire and Philani needs your help in purchasing copies of his book to give away to literacy charities or charities as you see fit.

Read an excerpt from Philani’s book HERE.

Read The Reviews On Storify or Buy The Book!

Visit Philani’s website at

Visit Philani on facebook at 

If you like this initiative and would like to take part in this blogfest, sign up on the WE ARE THE WORLD Linky List below and please help spread the word on social media via the hashtag #WATWB.


  1. Hilary Melton-Butcher on June 30, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Hi Michelle – what an amazing story and brilliant young man – he really is an entrepreneur isn’t he – he’s taken the initiative and is still going with it … absolutely fantastic to read about and to listen to his story … he will go far – and yes his book is on my radar. Thanks so much for highlighting for us … I love the title of his book … so clever and so true… cheers Hilary

  2. susan scott on June 30, 2017 at 8:13 am

    His excerpt from his book is so well written and gives us an insight into his life. I loved his TV appearance. I’ll look out his book for sure. Thanks Michelle! Have a great weekend!

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on June 30, 2017 at 11:30 am

    That he wants to help others now is great!

  4. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor on June 30, 2017 at 11:43 am

    What an inspirational story!

  5. Deborah Weber on June 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    What an uplifting and delightful story – Philani is a bright star indeed! I’m glad you brought this story to our attention, and thanks for co-hosting this month.

  6. L. Diane Wolfe on June 30, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    What a wonderful way to pass on what he learned and help others.

  7. Ally Bean on June 30, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I wrote about the power of books to change a child’s life, too. Can’t focus on the connection between books and improvement too often. Great story.

  8. Julie Flanders on July 1, 2017 at 12:03 am

    What a beautiful story! So inspiring that this man now wants to help others with his gift. And it’s such a wonderful testament to the power of reading and books. 🙂

  9. Simon Falk on July 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Yay for Philani. I love him already. Pavement bookworm, how cool! The love of literature is a powerful force for good. He is proof perfect of it. Thanks for this, Michelle Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB

  10. p. j. lazos on July 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Love of literature conquers all!

  11. Belinda Witzenhausen on July 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    As an avid reader, I love this story and I just love his attitude. Philani is sharing his love of reading with others so they can too feel the way he does. I would love to see his book out there for everyone to see. Thanks so much for sharing this! #WATWB

  12. Gina Hunter on July 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    When I watched Bill Moyers interview the brilliant mythologist Joseph Campbell years ago, I was struck by Campbell’s assertion that writers are the shamans of contemporary times. Philani has proven this assertion by his actions and determination. Thanks for sharing this lovely and inspiring story. Cinda

  13. Sylvia Stein on July 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I loved this story and hearing how this young man has turned his life around and books have brought all those positive changes to him and now he wants to pave it forward to others. This is so inspirational and moving.

  14. Guilie on July 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    The video wouldn’t play for me, sadly, but the excerpt from the book is brilliant. Kudos to this man for taking the initiative to change not only his own life but that of others. Thanks for sharing this, Michelle—and for co-hosting this month’s #WATWB 🙂
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

  15. Murees Dupé on July 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Brilliant. I needed some inspiration today. Thank you for sharing, Michelle.

  16. Emily Bloomquist on July 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Good for Philani to have made it out of his old life and into a new one! His excerpt sounds like a book I would like to read. I love inspirational stories like his. How wonderful that news media sites are picking up his story, too. Thanks for sharing this Michelle!


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