Chicharito is an original South African short story by Sihle’iSipho Nontshokweni and tells the tale of a worker ant that leaves her colony in search of endless fun. Chicharito soon learns that all that glitters is not gold and that there’s no such thing as a free lunch!

Chicharito offers valuable lessons about the value of family and forgiveness and brings home a truth we often take for granted – home isn’t just a place to lay your head; it’s also where you lay your heart.

A green praying mantis in the grass against a white background.
Children's book author Sihle’iSipho Nontshokweni in an orange top facing the camera.



Sihle’iSipho Nontshokweni is an academic and an author. Her debut children’s book Wanda was originally written as a single story but was eventually serialised to international acclaim.

She is also the head of productions for The Ultimate Book Show, a reality television show that explores the stories behind local books.

Tina Mbiola, a multi-creative artist an illustrator of Chicharito.



Tina Mbiola is a multi-creative artist, born in the DRC and raised in Cape Town. She specialises in fine and visual art, beauty, fashion and graphic design. Tina grew up in a creative household and inherited a passion for art from her father.

She’s also the co-founder of the Fuata Moyo (Swahili for ‘follow the heart’), a production company that Tina also describes as ‘home for all creatives’.

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