Awombness: A Success Story

Candice Nolan / Feb 11, 2021

Awombness: A Success Story

Awombness: A success story. Life has a funny way of shifting the goal posts. But adapt we must. One foot in front of the other. Slow and steady get’s the job done. Cliché? Perhaps. But this is the reality. I mean, just look at COVID-19. Talk about global disruptor!

And then, peculiar to South Africa, we have to contend with the insanity that is loadshedding. Sigh. I had to explain it to someone from the west. It was really difficult. But alas. I come from a people that survived genocide.

Are surviving genocide. Just this week I released an episode about a man who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. We are from the same neighbourhood. Bosmont. Right near those mine dumps? Strategically placed there so that coloured people and their progeny would die off.

It’s madness. But this is my life. I guess we all got different outcomes in the genocide lottery. But because we are a resilient people, we keep on defying Verwoerd. By being fabulously, voluptuously, the rightful owners of this land.

They tried to bury us, they didn’t know that we are seeds. Aluta continua. And then there’s little ol’ me, with a masterful brain, just thriving. In your face, whitie. Tsek. You think you shit ice cream?! I mean it was the bane of my existence, explaining my success to white folk.

They tried to bury us

They just didn’t get it. I didn’t speak like a coloured. But I’m coloured. Coloured. What a meaningless word. It just means other. Folks have been othering us since time immemorial. Take the Khoi, for example, Khoi Khoi means Men of Men. And San, in the Khoi language, means other.

Man, they just didn’t know what to do with the real owners of the land. I mean, the Dutch East India Company. I mean they invented venture capitalism. SA was just supposed to be a refuelling station for their ships. But their mouths watered with greed when they saw eden.

Shame. Askies. But still, here we are. And I don’t quite care if you’re black African from Nigeria. The first people are the first people. It’s time we claim that rank for ourselves. Or else we will always be the other. Man, it’s damn near imperative.

So the way I figure, we all really have one shot to make a mark. This is mine. And it is bold. Calculated. Very deliberate. I’m just saying, I rank among the top legal journalists in the country. I have also proven myself proficient at running a newsroom optimally. Well, at least, I know how not to do it. Check out my Podcast for more. Awombness: Success Story

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