How I got the book
Last week I began reading Ellen Kuzwayo autobiography – ‘Call Me Woman’ – at the suggestion of my PhD supervisor. I suspect it was her sneaky way of encouraging me to include my personal story in my project. I reckon she thought Mme Kuzwayo could inspire me into a more personal writing direction; she could not have imagined the consequential effect the book has had on me.
I admit that my idea of Mme Kuzwayo has always been that of an African National Congress (the majority party in South Africa) stalwart, an anti-apartheid campaigner and close friend of Audre Lorde. You will forgive my ignorance but the few bits that I had on her life were gathered by watching South African news or by YouTube coincidence . None of those encounters prepared me well to fully appreciate her story and life. Continue reading “The Other side of history: A review of Ellen Kuzwayo’s book – Call Me Woman”