TYT 3.3 I am African because…

Following our previous blog post, it seems like a good time to extend the conversation around identity and belonging. For those of you who weren’t there, here is a brief summary of some of the feedback from students:

It was interesting to read everyone’s different opinions.

It would be nice to know more about other culture’s thoughts and experiences and comment more on each other’s posts

Think about have in common rather than what distinguishes us as being different from one another.

In this light, we are introducing a new prompt for discussion that reads as follows …

I am an African because …

Please note that we will mark according to the following criteria:

* Participation

* Levels of engagement

* Clear communication of your opinions

* One post (your opinion) and one post commenting on a classmate’s post (i.e. two posts before deadline)

REMEMBER to treat this space with respect and compassion.In the spirit of breaking the barriers between “the other” (in this case, student and lecturer) we will also participate in this blog.We are really looking forward to reading and sharing y/our insights.

Deadline is Monday  26 August 2019 @ 12:00 (noon).

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  1. I am African…Not because i was born in this incredible country with its splendid beauty, ,majestic mountains and land that reaches as far as the eye can see, the rainbow nation with languages so rich and true.

    I am African because i am proud to be called a son of Africa, we are rich with beauty, intelligence, vibrant cultures and i believe this is the command thread that connects us all. The fact that we are proud and protective of this Country.

    We all play an important role of this African strength! and its time we unite and proof to the world just how amazing our land and people are.

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    1. The love you have for your Continent is beautiful. being proud of where you come from is the most important thing. You have defined the beauty of Africa is so many beautiful ways. Keep it up. Represent Africa!

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    2. I am proud to see that there are people that still believe that we can stand together as one. Africa is beautiful and we should embrace what we have to offer. In Africa we can embrace our differences and what makes us unique which is so amazing to see.

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    3. I agree with you Logan, i do think that it is time that we unite and show the world how amazing this land is and what we have to offer. We are so rich in culture and it is time that we show it, proudly.

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      1. Love! just dream of a world where we all as South Africans can put our differences aside and unite and let our love for Africa unite us! the talent, the creativity would blow the rest of the world away!

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    4. The vibrant cultures within in this African country is definitely something that makes us incredible. We could definitely achieve so much if we stood together as proud Africans.

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  2. I am African because
    I have to work 10 times harder to get where I am going.
    I am feared for the colour of my skin.
    I still have my rights taken away,
    I still have a cause to struggle for.

    I am African because
    I am culturally wealthy.
    I have dreams made of gold,
    I am a silent genius.
    I am the beast they claim me to be,
    I am overwhelming.

    I am African because
    I don’t stand alone, I stand with many
    I am distinct,
    I am innovative.

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  3. I am an African because i was born into a world where diversity is loved and appreciated.Also I find a delight in the simplicity of being African and then it comes to the factor of being open and respectful towards other cultures which is something South Africa has plenty of.

    There isn’t a day that goes by where I wouldn’t want to be called African, one sees how celebrities look to have some connection to Africa and the best part for me is that they will seek to be African and they can but only be inspired, when that is just my reality.

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    1. I agree, I think it’s beautiful to be born into a place where diversity is appreciated and loved and would also never want to be anything but African.

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  4. I am African because I was born in this country. African makes me original compared to the other countries. Family that lives oversees would come to the country and be amazed of what we have; the mountains, the beaches, the weather, the different cultures, the energy we bring to this country. I am proud to be apart of this amazing country, to see different people who embrace their uniqueness and are proud of who they are because they from Africa.

    I am African because I embrace the diversity of the country. Africa has so much to give to the people of the country. Africa wants us as Africans to grow and be who we are meant to be.

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  5. To be African means many things, to accept that you will be misunderstood by the rest of the world and that’s okay. Im not african because i was born here, im african because my skin is black, i live on its soil.
    I am proud to be african , because of the its abundant rich culture, the food, the languages, music and its decades of tradition in which we value. Africa is the birth place of rhythm and creativity, Africa is so diverse in cultures which i embrace. Looking forward to eating tribe and african salad, its the little things that make Africa a beautiful continent. The Big five, the national anthem is do diverse that it includes all the major languages not just english. Africa is such a colourful nation, we are proud to share our history with the world.
    What also makes me proud to be African is because Africa is the only continent that truly understands Ubuntu.
    I am proud to be African because i can be me, Im unique, and Proud to be born and bred in Africa.
    Siyandile Pink
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  6. I am an African because not only because of the color of skin. I am an African because I was Born here, my forefathers originated here. I am an African because I am proud of the fact that Being an African is not defined by color, it is diverse. Africa is what I can proudly call HOME. There are different beliefs and religions, different cultures and laughs. We are a rainbow nation. I am proud of being an African because we are given the chance learn and know about other countries without being judged. Africa is evolving everyday. this is an accepting continent.

    I am an African because of the food, clothes, colors, diversity. Africa runs through my blood. It is indeed a very beautiful continent. that accepts people for who and what they are. I am an African because of our heroes and heroins.

    Siphosethu Mxunyelwa
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  7. Very inspiring! I believe that it is very important to take pride in ones country. In doing so people begin to see themselves as part of something bigger than just themselves. This creates a sense of belonging and unity that are key factors in strengthening our country. This is the best and possibly the only way to ensure a bright future for South Africa.

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  8. I am African not simply because i was born here but because i have learnt and grown here. My life has been influenced by so many different people from so many different cultures. However the one thing they all had in common was that they too were African. They have passed on to me countless values and life lessons that i believe i would never have received had i been brought up someplace else. I have been taught the importance of kindness and acceptance. I learnt this through the way i have been treated and seen other treated. A great love and respect for the natural world, tradition and family have also been installed in me. i believe these are truly African Values and i am proud to say i have these values too!

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  9. I am an African not because of my beautiful brown skin, I am a daughter of a diverse land .
    I am an African because I have been born in a continent that is full of colour, patterns, cultures and different languages. A place filled with beautiful jungles, deserts and moutains. I am of a culture that is strong and knows struggle , a people who have evolved and constantly claiming their place in the world. I am Xhosa and there is nothing more beautiful then seeing how fellow Africans are keen on learning my languge, the clicks and all. My continent is a treausure filled with majestic creations. Its exotic in every aspect. Despite the stigma Africans carry I am proud to be from where Im from and how we all live in harmony and influence eachother through culture.

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  10. I am African because I am African.
    I have been born in this country that has deep roots and struggles. I am a child of the fruits of these struggles. I have been brought up in this rich cultures that make up the seams of what it means to be African. African is not just a colour or country, it’s a way of living, of being immersed in the way of the people. It’s the beauty, the vibrance, the cultures and the people that make me proud to be African.

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    1. The Apartheid struggle plays such a vital role in the history and now we have so many more challenges that we are facing in the world besides fighting to put Africa on the map and to get the respect that we deserve
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    2. Agreed, African isnt just a colour or a country it truly is a way of living- we are a nation of so many. We have so much beauty, be it the mountain, the beaches and so much more.

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    3. I do agree that our cultures in Africa are like none other and it is this that makes me proud to be African as people are very accepting of one another’s cultures and willing to learn about them, which is not often seen in other places of the world, it may not be something everyone does, but more than most at least try to learn something and I admire that about us Africans.

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    4. I agree Nicole. Being an African is truly a way of living. The many cultures and the people is really what makes being African a wonderful experience. The struggles that came with it and how far we have come makes the enjoyment of being an African more meaningful and beautiful.

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    5. Yes i agree it is true, its not just a colour or country but it indeed is a way of living. The people wihin this country makes it what it is.

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  11. I am an African because I was born in this continent of Africa where my ancestors emanates from. The language I speak and my Hair defines my Africanism. Values, culture and the language I speak. It speaks direct to my Africanism.

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  12. I am an African because I was born in this continent of African where my ancestors emanates from. The language that I speak and my hair defines my Africanism. My values, culture and my humanitarian plays a huge role in showing my African.

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  13. Ndim umiya ucwanini usbewu I am Lulonke Mazwi a proud xhosa man,I am an African. I owe my being to the slopes and the valleys, the mountains and the meadows, the waterways, the deserts, the trees, the blossoms, the oceans and the regularly changing seasons that characterize the substance of our local land, I am Lulonke on account of all that I have been instructed by the individuals of this landmass and everybody that I have met.
    Regardless of where I go, I will consistently be an African. I will share stories and encounters on what it has been similar to experiencing childhood in Africa, while picking up others from people around me.
    I will lose myself in the wealth of westernized culture however consistently acknowledge, love and praise the way of life that I have found on African soil. Indeed, even those I still can’t seem to learn.

    Lulonke Mazwi
    “Diverse People Unite” – South African motto.

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  14. I am African because I was born and raised in Africa, far up the mountains, hills and valley its where my grandparents, sisters and brothers. I am an African nit because not because my skin is black but because my mind is engaged by Africa. I am an African not because I was born in Africa but because my heart beats with Africa’s

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  15. being a African ,i’m not quite sure how can an African be defined ,or how African are being recognized there African American ,African Latin american and many more . which their ancestors where taken from here at the African continent at the ancient time, but as we know and head .and where placed in foreign continent under circumstances of slavery .then we have people who relocated to the African continent by choice .for jobs and what ever the reason may be .What i’m trying to enlighten is that those who where born in these African countries and their parents are from foreign continents and and took their kids that where born in this continent, for an example a white american gives birth here in south Africa or any other country in this continent ,how do they i identify the child that was born in Africa and grew up in those foreign country.

    why cant you be just African ,why cant you just be american and why do you have to add another title when your roots are surely African ?

    I’m Mthunzi Combi african ,ndingumXhosa oxubileyo.im an African with different back grounds based on ethnic groups my mother is Sotho and Father is Xhosa.then that makes me Xhosa. if i would have child any where in the world and the child is born in a foreign country i will regard my child as Xhosa an African qha.

    the reason I’m saying this is that i believe in ancestors and all my traditional customs as all counties in this continent practice traditional customs .and i believe every race that is thoroughly African you will identify them with traditions and all of that.will continue the talk shortly.

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  16. I am African not only because i was born here but am proud to say that i am African.
    I am grateful to be able to have the ocean, the mountains, the city and the culture all at my fingertips. It is a privilege to live here, to be apart of something so amazing. It’s amazing to have so many languages, so many cultures all in Africa and be able to learn about them all.

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    1. There is no place in the world like SOUTH AFRICA , and we are very unique in our own way . There’s a bit of everything here and you wouldn’t have to travel that far to find it , which makes this place very special.

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      1. Yes we most definitely have the best places to travel to in South African. And the place to start traveling in first is the Western Cape. The Western Cape has about 4400 vineyards not only that they have the best restaurants. Not to brag my home town Elgin Valley has the best farm stalls it gets tourist from all around the world they have a lot to offer.

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      2. I absolutely agree with you Fatima! South Africa has a variety of resources to offer the big wide world especially for tourists visiting this continent- there is so much to see and do. I wish that people, who live in South Africa, traveled locally instead of internationally.

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    2. Yes Roeshdia. And the amazing part is that we can celebrate all of the cultures so we can teach others.

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    3. I agree that it is a privilege to be surrounded by so much beauty and have the opportunity to learn about and be apart of all the different cultures.

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  17. “I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.”- Kwame Nkrumah
    We are a very diverse country and one that stands together to make a change and I am truly grateful to be apart of it . We have an opportunity to create a positive identity for ourselves and all Africans, there is no place like home and home is where the heart is.

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  18. “I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.”- Kwame Nkrumah
    We are a very diverse country and one that stands together to make a change and I am truly grateful to be apart of it . We have an opportunity to create a positive identity for ourselves and all Africans, there is no place like home and home is where the heart is.

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    1. Hi Fatima, you have added a lovely quote which makes a great point. I like the fact that you have chosen words to use like ‘change’ and ‘opportunity’. Although Africa has come a long way and a lot has changed, we still have many more transformations to go through and eventually there will be even more opportunities available at our fingertips.

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    2. Very true Fatima, Africa is soo diverse. one can spend a life time learning and discovering the beauty that is Africa.

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    3. This is so true, we really are a diverse country with a diverse culture. We are born with Africa in us and we truly are the product of our struggles, but as well as the changes we made together. We are unique.

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      1. I agree, this rainbow nation might be all over the place, but we are unique and special. You can’t find South Africa anywhere else in this world. We have a beautiful country.

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  19. I am a African because I was born in Africa. Our continent is one of the most richest when it come to culture we have a diversity that is so beautiful. Africa has about 2000 languages that is how different we are as people and also the same in so many ways. One thing that definitely sets my soul on fire is a lekker braai our people know how to braai and that’s a fact. I am an proud African because our history is what made our country better.

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  20. I am African because I am born in Africa, a citizen of an African country but most importantly because I identify with the rich vast cultures that exist here, I identify with diversity and with freedom although sometimes it feels non-existent, I stand with and support other Africans as, like me, we are trying to find a place in a world that only views people from 1st world countries as viable members of a worldly society. I am African because of the people, the cultures and places around me.

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  21. I am African. I am African because as Africa grows from its hardships I pledge to help it grow along the way, in any small way that I can. I identify as African because I am proud of the beautiful space, culture and context that I was born into and that I continue to experience everyday. Being a ‘freedom baby’ I am dedicated to understanding the struggles and I am dedicated to the betterment of everyone and everything beautifully African.

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  22. I am an African because my family is born in Africa. So I was raised by Africans and they taught me their ways and beliefs and till now their beliefs are instilled in me. Since I live in an African continent I recognise my self as an African, proudly.

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  23. I am an African who is (if I’m honest) a bit confused as to what it means to be an African in modern times. I consider Africa my home because I was born and raised in KZN, however, it seems that I may not be “African enough” based on the fact that my ancestry/family line have limited occupancy of this land when dating back to the past. My father born in Zambia and my mother born in England (raised in Umtata), contribute to the expressed feelings of confusion. Perhaps it’s because culturally our way of growing up was by Westernized traditions yet at the same time, my parents always exposed us to the other cultures that existed in Africa especially the Zulu culture, my sister and I both spoke Zulu before we learned English at school. As I grow up in Africa- there are more places I desire to explore, I want to learn about the cultures and why those cultures exist and to learn more about South African history. I realize that in order to make informed decisions and to take full responsibility one does need to be educated with context and history. Again if I’m honest, I’m uninformed and realize there is still so much ahead that I need to learn. Till I grow in knowledge all I can state is that I am an African because it is my birthplace. Why I am African…? That I still need to discover…

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    1. If you were born in Africa, your heart already goes with the beat of the African drum. I definitely encourage you to explore Africa. its a place that has a past of many struggles that contextualises the happiness of today. Exploring Africa can only educate and broaden your knowledge.

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    2. This was very interesting to read and my opinion is that there definitely is so much that we need to learn and discover about being African. I feel that there are blurred lines as to what being African is and our heritage, this because of the fact that so much of our history has been re-written and valuable information lost in translation.

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  24. I am an African because it is who I am. In saying this I woke up in Africa and got contextualised into the blending, flow and kaleidoscope of Africa’s attributes. My heart beats with the African drums and my soul is at home in Africa. It is part of my identity and forever will be.

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  25. I am an African because it is who I am. In saying this I woke up in Africa and got contextualised into the blending, flow and kaleidoscope of Africa’s attributes. My heart beats with the African drums and my soul is at home in Africa. It is part of my identity and forever will be.

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  26. I am African because Africa is the essence of being human, I am African because I’m limitless, I am overwhelmed with many gifts and talents, my imaginations runs wild. Wild as the wilderness, I am the essence of Africa with the diverse natures, cultures and talents running through my veins. I AM A PROUD AFRICAN.

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    1. I agree, being African is so much more than what’s on the surface. As you stated- it runs through our veins.

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    2. What a lovely post Shermone, I absolutely agree with you. There are a lot of aspects that make us to be African, especially the gifts and talents that Africans have. I am also, just like you, a proud African

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  27. First and foremost I am African because I was literally born here. I was born and raised in this continent in this country where my ancestors and forefathers resided. My continent continues to face struggles and turmoil and many people choose to ignore all these issues. I am African cause I cry when my people cry. I smile when my people smile. I am African because of the spirit of ubuntu that was taught to me by my parents and theirs before. I want to help those who cry for help and I am trying the best that I can. it may never be enough. I am African be cause I care. About my land. About people.

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  28. I am African, not because of my skin colour or culture or religion, or whatever. I am African because I was born and raised in Africa, as were my parents. Africa (South Africa to be specific) is where I come from, it is my home. Africa flows through my veins and I am proud to be African.

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    1. I 100% agree with the fact that being African can be based on the fact that it is the place of your upbringing, but I also think its important to remember that ”being African” means more to some than just a birth place.

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  29. I am African. I am South African. Born and raised in the Western Cape, Worcester and I can say with all my heart that I am who I am today because of the place I come from. It’s not just about geography, we have certain values. It’s about empathizing with all people and treating everyone with respect. This is what makes you African, this is what makes you human and what it means to be apart of humankind. We accept and embrace diversity because we are AFRICAN 🖤

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  30. I am African. I am South African. Born and raised in the Western Cape, Worcester and I can say with all my heart that I am who I am today because of the place I come from. It’s not just about geography, we have certain values. It’s about empathizing with all people and treating everyone with respect. This is what makes you African, this is what makes you human and what it means to be apart of humankind. We accept and embrace diversity because we are AFRICAN 🖤

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  31. I am African because I was born in South Africa. I find it hard to call myself an African in this present age, as there is much controversy as to what an African really is. Being African to some is about their specific culture and skin color, whereas to others it’s merely the fact that they were born in Africa. I do see that there are is a great difference between the two, but I don’t believe the prior reason makes one less of an African. However, I must state that in my opinion there are two types of African. African- because you were born in Africa, and African because it’s in your blood. I believe we Africans merely born in Africa need to learn and appreciate the ways and cultures of blood-Africans(as I’d like to call it) in order to deem ourselves worthy of being called true Africans.

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    1. Thanks Ivana. You’re dealing with difficult issues, and I notice as with many white people you find it difficult to deal with race. However these are important conversations we all need to have. Nike

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  32. I am an African because of the honest truth which is me being born in Africa. I believe there is no greater way to explain this than feeling like I’m part of the continent, everything that I do as a fashion student revolves around being African. Most of the inspiring things I am connected to are the ways of Africa, and I am also affected by everything that happens in Africa. My black color and Xhosa culture makes me African. Also being an upcoming musician, experiencing the variation of different sounds, the way I connect with music in different languages, even when I do not completely understand the lyrics is also what makes me African. Its a spiritual connection between myself and the land as a whole.

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  33. I am African not because of color or gender but my heart belongs in Africa. I’m African because the strands of my DNA were unwinded and then connected in Africa. The strength, challenging and joy make me an African. The personality I have make me an African. The joy I always get everyday when I wake up make me an African. The roots, values and norms make me an African. My identity belongs to Africa

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  34. I do believe myself to be African, simply because South Africa is my place of birth. Although I do consider myself to be African, and while I am very proud and respectful of my birth place – I do not consider myself a contributor of an African culture. This is where some may state that being African is more than just your birth place. That it is the cultural factor that plays a role in whether or not you are African. I not only consider myself to be an African, but I consider myself a proud inhabitant of this continent who sees a future in the diverse and colourful atmosphere this land has to offer.

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  35. “When the music of Africa beats in the wind
    My blood pulses to its rhythm
    And I become the essence of sound”
    – Wayne Visser
    I am African, because I was born and raised here. It became a big part of who I am as a person and somehow has shaped and is still shaping the person I am becoming. Being an african is about finding beauty in my flaws, in my environment and even in my struggles. Being South African is a reminder that I can overcome anything I face and also that I don`t have feel alone. I have learned to love everything about me. From my nappy curls to every curve on my body. My skin is not dark, it tells my story One of beauty, strength, determination and love.
    Being an African to me is about Loving all that I am and accepting all of me. “When you dance to your own rhythm, life taps its toes to your beat” – Terri Guillemets.

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    1. I agree with you, our flaws , our struggles , brings us together as a nation to better understand ourselves, and to find strength and determination.

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    2. Yes Amber that is very well put in order to be the best version of ourselves we must accept who we are inside and out and where we come from.

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  36. I am an African because I was born in the African continent, I am African because I walk on the soil of Africa, I breathe in African air and I walk under the African sun. Africa is so beautiful and diverse there is not just one type of African and that is what makes this country so unique, being identified as the Rainbow nation. There is not a certain box you need to fit into pertaining to skin colour or race, to me what makes us African is the fact that we are inhabitants of this country.

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  37. I am an African because I was born into a world where diversity is to runs through my DNA and that is one of the main things that makes one African and allowing diversity. Being African to me is to be open and respectful towards different cultures and religious beliefs. Me as an African is putting the past behind me and not letting the ones before me’s struggle determine how I live my life and how I see others.

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  38. I am an African because ndingu Marhadebe umthimkhulu ndlebendle zombini mafuza fulele njengelifu lemvula ndithi ndingu Bhungani ilifu elimnyama…..ndiyimbokotho ndiliqhawe lamaqhawe kwaye ndiyaziqenya ngobuntu bam…….Ndiyabulela

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  39. I am an African. Not because of the colour of my skin but because of the way I live in unity with my people. I am African not only because I was born and raised as one but because the variations in different cultures in my country is seen to me as normal. I am an African because I live in peace with all these different cultures around me. I am an African because I respect and appreciate the different cultures. I am an African because I love my people and last but not least I am an African because this is my home and I am proud.

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    1. i agree because I love my people and how we are able to respect each other in our different beliefs and religions. I think that living in Africa made me a better person because i am able to live in harmony with all kinds of people and love them for being themselves.

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  40. My origins, my clan name and my spirituality make me an African. We as Africans have a sense of selflessness which has had a great impact in how we are raised in a community that valued the spirit of Ubuntu, these are the qualities that make me a proud African. In Africa we believe that “Isandla sihlam’esinye” which means “one helps another”. I am an African because in Africa we believe it take a village to raise a child. All of these points I have articulated, are things I hold so dear to my heart as they make me an African. Also, the unity and creativity that Africans possess are the qualities I also have as a fellow African.

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  41. I am an African because I was born here, I have the blood of an African running in my vain. I have the most unique skin, kinky hair unique body shape. My skin is of pure gold. The is no better way to define being an African but its diversity in culture, race and beyond that being loving having “Ubuntu”. Our uniqueness is what makes us extra ordinary that any other continents, from our belief in ancestry to the way we live our daily lives we have our own rhythm.

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  42. I resonate with this text that says, “when you are born in Africa, Africa is also born in you , and so the love affair with you homeland begins.” Being born and raised in South Africa , the most distinctive factor that makes South Africa different from other countries, is the incredible diversity of people, the languages, religions, race, cultures that lives together in one land. This is where the term ‘Ubuntu’ plays a role, a country that celebrates every diversity. This is the love affair with our homeland!🌍

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  43. i am African because African lives in me,but sometimes its hard to be African since i was born in south Africa where we like to separate our self’s from the rest of AFRICA.I AM AFRICAN NOT BECAUSE OF MY BLACK SKIN BUT CAUSE OF THE BACKGROUND I CAME FROM WHICH WAS HARD BUT I STILL SURVIVED ,CAUSE THAT’s WHAT US AFRICANS DO WE SURVIVE.

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  44. I am a (Xhosa) African because I was born and raised here in South Africa with African culture.
    I am proud of being a black Xhosa woman. I was raised with uMpokoqo Namasi. I am black and unique. I am strong because I was raised under my grandparents who love the Xhosa culture. To ama Xhosa umntu, ngumntu ngabantu

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  45. I am an African because i grew up eating tribal food (Umngqusho, Amasi, Iphukutsha and Umphokoqo)
    for us that is what defines you as an African. the activities i grew up doing are also one of main African characteristics that i believe define my African way

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  46. I am an African, not only because I was born in Africa but because this is where I’ve grown and evolved. This is where I’ve come to know myself in my African ideologies. The culture of Africa is within me in everything I do, from the way I talk straight through to the way I think. Being African is way more than just simply being born in Africa, its in the struggles we’ve lived through that units us and the beautiful trumps we are experiencing today, Africa is so rich in cultures and languages and i think that’s what makes me African, the fact that I am a mix of all these and I am proud to be African.

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    1. I agree with Keziah in saying that you are not born African,but to go through the day to day issues of our ancestors struggles and have that connect everyone is beautiful,these influences on everyone makes the culture so rich.

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  47. I am African not because colour of my skin or how i look and speak but because of my culture and tradition.

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  48. I am an African because being African seems to be more than simply a coincidence of birth, it is a choice too. Our cultures, religions, races and languages often differ greatly, yet we are all bound not only by the geographical borders of this continent, but more by the belief that this is home. Therefore in this common belief and interest in the countries rich culture i am an African.

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  49. I am African not only because I was born and raised here but also because of what being African means to me. Being African made me understanding and able to relate to other despite their race, class and creed. I am proud to be an African because of how diverse my country is and how beautiful it is be all be respected and accepted.

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  50. I am African because of my language which makes me clicks my tongue when I’m speaking(nc,c,ngc,gc,nkc,q,nq,nkq,gq,gx,…)as we as my cultural heritage. My accent, that does not change when I’m talking other languages. The ways of showing respect to elders. Growing up knowing that every aunt and every uncle are also your parents. The foods, indigenous games, music and dances. Also because of the ambitions and the struggles of our ancestors that we share as the community.

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