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I don’t need to speak an African language to be African

by: Geraldine Amoko - 2 December 2016

Not speaking an African language made me feel alienated from my family and friends. I was born and raised in South Africa to Ugandan parents. Whether I was in South Africa or visiting relatives in Uganda, not speaking an indigenous language made me feel like I didn’t have a passport into my culture as an African. I wrestled with this dilemma for most of my life, until now. Here’s my story.

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Video shot by Onele Liwani and edited by Geraldine Amoko