African Emigrants Magazine. November. 2020. Issue 2

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AFRICAN

EMIGRANTS

M A G A Z I N E

" E v e n w h e n a l i o n i s

h u n g r y , i t w o n t e a t

g r a s s . . . d o n ' t

c h a n g e y o u r

p r i n c i p l e s j u s t

b e c a u s e y o u r

s t o m a c h i s e m p t y . "

— M Z I L I K A Z I W A A F R I K A

Leaders

ZINDZI MANDELA

Artists

TERRY PHETO

Writers

ALEXANDER

MCCALL SMITH


CONTENTS

Editor's Word

African Talent:

GIZZ STAR

Liya Kebede

Terry Pheto

Wangari Maathai

Zola Budd

Uhuru Kenyatta

Chinua Achebe

Zindzi Mandela

Opinions from Africa:

Bonang Matheba

To Africans and Beyond:

DJ Zinhle

Alex McCall Smith

Pearl Thusi

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P A G E 2

Hello Emigrants and friends!

EDITOR'S WORD

― Mitta Xinindlu

Hair is important to Africans.

So, let's tak about it.

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In South Africa there are a few black

women who constantly shame and

bully those who wear weaves and

wigs. In the constant bullying, they

transcend to a higher position in their

minds. In fact, they say that they are

better than others, since they manage

to wear their natural hair with

confidence.

In their arrogance, they fail to

recognise that they are further hurting

the black woman. The black woman

has always been shamed and bullied

because of her looks. Whether

because of her skin colour, shape of

her nose, her physique, or natural

hair.

The black woman even lost career

opportunities when she wore her

natural

hair.

As a last resort, to advance herself, the

black woman adapted herself to the

western beauty. And suddenly, she

was slightly accepted in the

professional world. She managed to

work, earn money, and feed her

family. She managed to survive.

Today we do not need other black

women to further victimise the black

woman. Particularly for adopting

these methods to advance herself. It is

not her fault that she wears wigs or

weaves. It is the fault of the racist

system in which she must survive.

To all those self-righteous black

women, who constantly tantalise

others on this issue, please stop it.

You are hurting and shaming your

own sister. You are putting the blame

on the victim. You are not being

helpful at all.


GUEST WRITER'S CORNER

Narcissism

― Olwethu Uthando Twalo

Interesting read on

Narcissists behavior,

understanding the type

of individuals we attract

into our lives is very important. Often

at times we expect Narcissists to be

strong, bold and aggressive in their

approach. Well they're not all like

that. They can shower you with love

and love bomb you to the extent that

you even ask, “Is this love even

normal or do I deserve this love?” All

they're doing during this period is to

say “Lala Gusha ndikuchebe”.

Empathetic individuals and those

who are full of life and love to give

are the ones mostly to attract

narcissists. Narcissists prey on them

because they have something they do

not have and long for.

Be careful of falling in love with

people who only consider you when

it matters to them. Narcissists can

also be our friends. So, learn to put

yourself first. Know when to walk

away.

P A G E 3


UK

Hosts

~1,116,000

African Migrants

2019, https://www.ons.gov.uk/

P A G E 4


FRANCE

Hosts

~ 2.8 million

African Migrants

(2017) www.ined.fr

USA

Hosts

~ 2 million

African Migrants

(2019) www.migrationpolicy.org

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P A G E 6

African Talent

GIZZ STAR

Images by @GIZZ_STAR

bigstarrecordzwork@gmail.com

Or call +27677970993


Artist

@GIZZ_STAR

born Nkosiyakhe Vumazonke

City of birth

Queenstown, South Africa

Genre

Hip-Hop/Trap

Label

Independent

Projects

P.H.A.S.E (unreleased EP)

Akandazi Lo (music video)

Production Skills

Engineering, Mixing, Mastering, Beat-

Making

Production Track-Record

Emtee, Ice Prince (Nigerian star),

Mapaputsi, Cook from GHETTO RUFF,

Bongani Fassie, Dbn Nyts (Shumaya)

from Kalawa, Yung6ix, and

many more

Fetures

2012 mix-tape by D.J E-Plus which also

features the likes of Pro-kid, Buffalbo

Soljah and Big Brother Africa TV show

title "Arise and Shine Vol.1"

Inspirations

2Pac, 50 cent, Tumi and the Volume

P A G E 7


P A G E 8

"...Investing in women's

lives is an investment in sustainable

development, in human rights, in

future generations - and consequently

in our own long-term national

interests."

"If nothing else, I want women to

understand that they are powerful. If

you look back at history, in almost

every big moment, in every leap

forward, you find ordinary women at

the core. We have more ability to make

changes in the world than we can

imagine if we have the courage to try."

"The best lesson that I've learned

from my mother is that she just never

accepted no for an answer and I think

that's something that has stayed with

me."

"When our mothers are alive and

healthy, they do extraordinary things...

like the mothers of Plaza de Mayo, who

marched in Argentinean plazas, defying

the military junta dictatorship and

demanding the whereabouts of their

abducted children... or the Liberian

mothers who faced down civil war armed

only with T-shirts and courage."

"I'm a mom. I'm from Ethiopia. I gave

birth in the U.S. and had all the proper

care available to me. If I had given birth in

Ethiopia - I don't know if I might have

even survived it."

LIYA KEBEDE

ON WOMEN & MOTHERHOOD


MODEL

P A G E 9

ETHIOPIAN MODEL

Migrated to France

at age 18

"There's a saying in Africa: To find

out you are pregnant is to have one

foot in the grave."

"The desert loves me. I love the

desert. It's nice to be in the heat in

Africa. I love it."

"In a hundred years, how do you

want the world to be? Everybody

should get together to make the

world a better place."


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TERRY PHETO

South African Actress

Migrated to the US in 2011

Image by @BadxDrvgs

"Storytelling has the power to make

people forget their reality and –

whether it’s film or television – for

those 30 minutes or 2 hours, you can

learn someone else’s story."

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is

fighting a battle you know nothing

about."


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Last week, the star was named as the Best

Actress at the fifth annual British Urban

Film Festival (BUFF) in the UK for her role

in the film FACES. The film bagged three

awards in total, including a Best Actor and

Best feature film.

“Such recognitions makes me want to

wake up and go to set more. They make

me want to work and continue to pour

myself into this industry that appreciates

my work,” said the star.

Image by @wmukprom

iol.co.za on Terry Pheto

P A G E 9


WANGARI MAATHAI

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Image by @africanarchives


WANGARI MAATHAI

Kenyan Social Activist

Migrated to the US in 1960

"Today we are faced with a challenge

that calls for a shift in our thinking, so

that humanity stops threatening its lifesupport

system. We are called to assist

the Earth to heal her wounds and in the

process heal our own - indeed to

embrace the whole of creation in all its

diversity, beauty and wonder.

Recognizing that sustainable

development, democracy and peace are

indivisible is an idea whose time has

come.”

“In trying to explain this linkage, I was

inspired by a traditional African tool

that has three legs and a basin to sit

on..."

"...To me the three legs represent three

critical pillars of just and stable

societies. The first leg stands for

democratic space, where rights are

respected, whether they are human

rights, women's rights, children's rights,

or environmental rights.

The second represents sustainable and

equitable management and resources.

And the third stands for cultures of

peace that are deliberately cultivated

within communities and nations. The

basin, or seat, represents society and its

prospects for development. Unless all

three legs are in place, supporting the

seat, no society can thrive. Neither can

its citizens develop their skills and

creativity.

When one leg is missing, the seat is

unstable; when two legs are missing, it

is impossible to keep any state alive;

and when no legs are available, the

state is as good as a failed state. No

development can take place in such a

state either. Instead, conflict ensues.”

Image by@WangariMaathai

P A G E 1 3


BOOKS

TO READ

P A G E 2 0


on Rose by Red

Jones Patricia

by Megan Lakewood

Giddings

P A G E 2 1

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajay


Zola Budd

Migrated from RSA to England in 1984

P A G E 1 6

Image by @PopPulseSA


ZOLA BUDD

An excellent athlete of her time

"Coming from a farming background, I

saw nothing out of the ordinary in

running barefoot, although it seemed to

startle the rest of the athletics world. I

have always enjoyed going barefoot and

when I was growing up I seldom wore

shoes, even when I went into town."

"I found them uncomfortable and after

that I decided to continue running

barefoot because I found it more

comfortable. I felt more in touch with

what was happening - I could actually feel

the track."

"I no longer run barefoot."

"Looking back... it's hard to understand

what all the fuss was about as things

changed in just a few years. When you

look at all the things that have happened

in the world, it seems very small."

Image by @MileClassic

"I have strong views about South African

politics and I still don't feel I need to

make public statements."

"I will never regret not denouncing

apartheid."

Image @bbcgetinspired

P A G E 1 7


Kenyan President

[April 2013 - Current]

Migrated to the US for studies

"I assure you again that under

my leadership, Kenya will strive

to uphold our international

obligations, so long as these are

founded on the wellestablished

principles of mutual

respect and reciprocity"

P A G E 1 8

Image by @StateHouseKenya


UHURU KENYATTA

"Africa is the world’s newest and most

promising frontier of limitless

opportunity."

"Global challenges call for global

responses. Waste, although produced

locally is impacting negatively on land

and marine life. Globalization of the

local and localisation of the global is

our new normal."

"Gone are the days when the only lens

to view our continent was one of

despair and indignity."

"The only thing we know about the

future is that it will be different."

"I assure you again that under my

leadership, Kenya will strive to uphold

our international obligations, so long

as these are founded on the wellestablished

principles of mutual

respect and reciprocity."

"As large parts of the world age, Africa

grows younger by the day."

"We need to appreciate that we can

have different shades of opinion."

Image by @itskogo

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Image by @jubari21

P A G E 2 0

CHINUA ACHEBE

NIGERIAN

"A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast

does not do so to save them from

starving. They all have food in their own

homes. When we gather together in the

moonlit village ground it is not because

of the moon. Every man can see it in his

own compound. We come together

because it is good for kinsmen to do

so.Chinua Achebe."

"If you don't like someone's story, write

your own."

"We cannot trample upon the

humanity of others without

devaluing our own. The Igbo, always

practical, put it concretely in their

proverb Onye ji onye n'ani ji onwe

ya: 'He who will hold another down

in the mud must stay in the mud to

keep him down."

"While we do our good works let us

not forget that the real solution lies

in a world in which charity will have

become unnecessary."


P A G E 2 1

AN ACTIVIST WRITER

Migrated to London in 1956

"Become familiar with your home, but

know also about your neighbors. The

young man who never went anywhere

thinks his mother is the greatest

cook."

"I believe in the complexity of the

human story, and that there's no way

you can tell that story in one way and

say, 'this is it.' Always there will be

someone who can tell it differently

depending on where they are standing

... this is the way I think the world's

stories should be told: from many

different perspectives."

"I believe in the complexity of the

human story, and that there's no way

you can tell that story in one way and

say, 'this is it.' Always there will be

someone who can tell it differently

depending on where they are standing

... this is the way I think the world's

stories should be told: from many

different perspectives."

"Diversity

is not an

abnormality

but the very

reality of our planet. The human

world manifests the same reality and

will not seek our permission to

celebrate itself in the magnificence of

its endless varieties. Civility is a

sensible attribute in this kind of world

we have; narrowness of heart and

mind is not."

"Diversity is not an abnormality but

the very reality of our planet. The

human world manifests the same

reality and will not seek our

permission to celebrate itself in the

magnificence of its endless varieties.

Civility is a sensible attribute in this

kind of world we have; narrowness of

heart and mind is not."

"A man of worth never gets up to

unsay what he said yesterday."

Image by @HistoryVille


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ZINDZI MANDELA

Served as an Ambassador of South Africa

in Sweden, 2015 - 2020

"I am not accountable to

any white man or woman

for my personal views. No

missus or baas here. Get

over yourselves"

#OurLand

@ZindziMandela


P A G E 2 5

"I AM NOT PREPARED TO SELL

THE BIRTHRIGHT OF THE PEOPLE

TO BE FREE"

Zindzi Mandela reading a speech by Nelson Mandela, her father. 1985.

""The prison authorities attempted to

stop this statement being made but he

would have none of this and made it

clear that he would make the

statement to you, the people,""

""...Your freedom and mine cannot be

separated. I will return.""

"He should be here himself to tell you

what he thinks of this statement by

Botha. He is not allowed to do so. My

mother, who also heard his words, is

also not allowed to speak to you

today."

""I cherish my own freedom dearly, but

I care even more for your freedom.

Too many have died since I went to

prison. Too many have suffered for the

love of freedom,""

""What freedom am I being offered

when my very South African citizenship

is not respected?".."Only free men can

negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into

contracts...""

Image by @banterCLIQ


P A G E 2 6

OPINIONS FROM AFRICANS

“...We have some of the world’s best

grapes here in South Africa and so I

decided to make a Méthode Cap

Classique wine – which is made in

exactly the same way as champagne

but using Cape grapes. This is my love

letter to Africa, and I’m excited to

introduce it to the world.”

Image by @VisionStudio_SA

"I’m moving to the US after the Sun Met

next year (2020) and the plan is to get

to put the plans in motion. It’s

overwhelming, but while we are praying

and hoping, we are also making sure

that we are prepared to hit the ground

running in New York."

"They have to talk about you. Because

when they talk about themselves,

nobody listens."

"Keep yourself sane... block what needs

to be blocked."

~ Bonang Matheba, Media Personality


P A G E 2 7

TO AFRICANS AND BEYOND

"My goal is to achieve greatness and

inspire women to step outside their

comfort zone and create an

everlasting legacy in the music

industry and in business..."

"My message to women is: stop being

lazy," she says. "Women can fight

harder for the things they want.

Dreaming takes guts. It must scare

you. Women are so apologetic about

making money. We need to get to the

point where we are like, 'We want this

big money'."

"Success is waking up each day and

doing exactly what you planned and

plan on doing. It is not a destination

but a continuous journey of

contentment and celebrating your

achievements with or without the

praise of those around you."

Image by @DJZinhle

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ALEXANDER

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Writer

“I am just a tiny person in Africa, but

there is a place for me, and for

everybody, to sit down on this earth and

touch it and call it their own.”

“Do not act meanly, do not be unkind,

because the time for setting things right

may pass before your heart changes

course.Isabel Dalhousie”

“You can go through life and make new

friends every year - every month

practically - but there was never any

substitute for those friendships of

childhood that survive into adult years.

Those are the ones in which we are

bound to one another with hoops of

steel.”

“Be content with who you are and where

you are, and do whatever you can do to

bring to others such contentment, and

joy, and understanding that you have

managed to find yourself.”

“Gracious acceptance is an art - an art

which most never bother to cultivate.

We think that we have to learn how to

give, but we forget about accepting

things, which can be much harder than

giving.... Accepting another person's gift

is allowing him to express his feelings

for you.”

Migrated from Zimbabwe to

the UK at age 17


P A G E 3 3

“It is sometimes

easier to be happy

if you don't know

everything.”

― Alexander McCall Smith


P A G E 3 4

PEARL THUSI

Image by @black_nandiswa

South African Actress

Migrated to theUS in 2016


P A G E 3 5

"I was tired of

Africans feeling

like they had been

done a favour"

Pearl Thusi, Mary Claire, 2020

Image by @Mfundo_jack1


P A G E 3 6

"I saw my life branching out before

me like the green fig tree in the story.

From the tip of every branch, like a fat

purple fig, a wonderful future

beckoned and winked. One fig was a

husband and a happy home and

children, and another fig was a famous

poet and another fig was a brilliant

professor, and another fig was Ee Gee,

the amazing editor, and another fig

was Europe and Africa and South

America, and another fig was

Constantin and Socrates and Attila and

a pack of other lovers with queer

names and offbeat professions, and

another fig was an Olympic lady crew

champion, and beyond and above

these figs were many more figs I

couldn't quite make out.

I saw myself sitting in the crotch of

this fig tree, starving to death, just

because I couldn't make up my mind

which of the figs I would choose.

I wanted each and every one of

them, but choosing one meant losing

all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable

to decide, the figs began to wrinkle

and go black, and, one by one, they

plopped to the ground at my feet.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


P A G E 3 7

"Remember your

home and your

people once riches

fall upon you."

― Mitta Xinindlu


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