Friday, February 28, 2014

I am an African and proud of it

I am an African and I am proud to call myself an African.  Yes, my forefathers came from Europe a couple of hundred years ago, but my father, grand father, great grand father and before him was born in Africa.  As was I.  Does it mean that the fact that I am white means I'm not an African?  I beg to differ from anybody who would so say so.  I am a white African.  A proud African.  One with a passion for Africa and particularly South Africa.  On 8 May 1996, Thabo Mbeki, who was the then vice president of South Africa under the presidency of Nelson Mandela, did a speech called I am an African on the occasion of the passing of the new Constitution of South Africa.  Its a speech that talks to me and my being.  South Africa Tourism did a promotional video for the country a little while back and used the speech as base for it.  Now it speaks to me even more.    

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