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.