Angela Makholwa’s “Black Widow Society"

Pan Macmillan South Africa announced on July 25, 2019, that Angela Makholwa’s third novel Black Widow Society is set to go into production for film in a few months.

Angela Makholwa is the author of four novels in Red Ink (2007), The 30th Candle (2009) (our review), Black Widow Society (2013), and The Blessed Girl (2017). Black Widow Society was one of our favourite reads of 2013 and the blurb for the book went thus;

In 1994 when South Africans were finally seeing the light of freedom and independence, three well-respected businesswomen – Talullah Ntuli, Edna Whithead and Nkosazana Dlamini – formed the Black Widow Society, a secret organisation aimed at liberating women trapped in emotionally and physically abusive relationships by assisting in ‘eliminating’ their errant husbands.

For fifteen years the Black Widow Society operated undetected, impeccably run by The Triumvirate with the help of their suave and mysterious hired gun, Mzwakhe Khuzwayo, a slick ex-convict meticulous in his responsibilities.

But as the secret organisation recruits more members, the wheels of this well-oiled machine threaten to fall off. Will Talullah’s controlling streak or Nkosazana’s unfettered material aspirations jeopardise the future of the Black Widow Society? Or perhaps one of the new recruits, unsettled by the reality of the elimination of her former husband, will lose her nerve and expose the workings of the group after all this time?

As the tension mounts, Black Widow Society builds to a chilling and bloody climax that will keep you guessing and riveted until the very last page.

Pan Macmillan, who published the book, announced on their Twitter feed on Thursday, July 25 that the book will be getting a new lease of life.

“@PanMacmillanSA along with The Ergo Company and @LennLit are excited to announce that the film adaptation of the bestselling novel, #BlackWidowSociety by @AngelaMakholwa will be heading into production in the next few months,” the tweet stated.

We spoke to Angela Makholwa when she was in Nairobi for Artistic Encounters in 2017 where she mentions that the book should be coming as a movie at one point in time. It looks like it’s finally happening. Listen to the podcast below.