Lockdown Log: Women’s Month Feature – Ouma Titties

Candice Nolan / Aug 28, 2020

Lockdown Log: Women’s Month Feature – Ouma Titties


Last week, we brought you the story of Krotoa. In this Women’s Month feature, the spotlight falls on my great great grandmother, Ouma Titties. In South African parlance, “titties” are another name for breasts. The strangest thing about Ouma Titties is that she is essentially a fictional character. Other than the fact that her blood courses my veins, there is little proof that she ever existed.

My oldest living relative, Thelma Julius, says she doesn’t know anything about her grandmother. And she is not alone. Many coloured families only go back about four generations. It’s hard to piece together a family tree. But my family is lucky, in a way. Aunty Thelma’s family history is recorded in a Dutch family bible.

The story of Ouma Titties and the Dutch bible was my launch episode for my Podcast. I hope to do further research on this story. Perhaps, try to track down Ouma Titties. In the meantime, I’m committed to sharing the love of podcasting. To that end, I recently launched a new podcast! I am excited to be able to help generate more local content!

So please visit my pod, and listen to the story that launched this ship! In our final Women’s Month feature, we look at the story of Ouma Titties. And, as a bonus, you can check out the follow up story.

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