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Excerpt from One of the New The Youngsters Series Books: A Bad Black’s Manifesto by Zama Ndlovu

A Bad Black's ManifestoCity Press has shared an excerpt from Zama Ndlovu’s addition to The Youngsters series, A Bad Black’s Manifesto. Ndlovu writes about moving to Pretoria after being born in KwaZulu, where her “worldly experience was turned on its head”.

In Pretoria ,Ndlovu says she was seen as abnormal for not being Tswana and struggled to learn Setswana, “I had always known I was Zulu, but being an outsider in my adopted community made me realise it”. She also writes about the moment she realised she was black: “Many black people can recall the exact moment when they realised they were black. This is not to be confused with the moment you knew you were black – no one remembers that.”

I was born in 1982. KwaZulu, the homeland created for the Zulu people, felt more like a country.

Those were the simple days, when a person could just be.

But all that was about to change, and many moments of self-awakening would follow, all of which would help me understand how the world saw me and how I saw the world.

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