By Phyllis Ntantala
"Like Trotsky, i didn't depart domestic with the proverbial one-and-six in my pocket. I come from a kin of landed gentry . . . [and] may have selected the trail of convenience and defense, for even in apartheid South Africa, there's nonetheless that direction in case you will collaborate. yet I selected the trail of fight and uncertainty."--from the PrefaceBorn into the small social elite of black South Africa, Phyllis Ntantala didn't face the grinding poverty so generic to different South African blacks. as an alternative, her fight used to be that of an inventive, articulate lady looking success and justice in a land that attempted to disclaim her both.The widow of Xhosa author and historian A.C. Jordan and mom of African nationwide Congress chief Z. Pallo Jordan, she and her relations skilled a interval of super switch in South Africa and in addition within the usa, the place they moved in the course of the Sixties. She discovers similarities within the nations, together with the confidence of power.Anchored in heritage and tradition, A Life's Mosaic sharply unearths the realm and the folks of South Africa. because the tale of a political exile, it represents the dislocations that experience prompted common soreness within the moment half the 20th century. Phyllis Ntantala discusses the cruelty of racism, the cynicism of political strategies, and the hopes of these who reside in either a global of exile and a global of desires.
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As they were driven out, aunt Daisy cried: 'My father's cattle! ' This is usually an exciting moment, with the women of the home ululating, calling in excitement: 'Bring her home! ' I do not remember any of them doing that. ' Even those who wanted to ululate could not, with aunt Daisy crying: 'My father's cattle! ' Yes, aunt Daisy was right, these cattle were her father's which were shared among the children when Govan, their father, died. What Tata had acquired during his first marriage he could not touch.
Both girls and parents look forward to this with great excitement. For a month or so, the girl is secluded in a separate house, only going out early in the morning and at night, when there are not many people about. In the house where she is secluded, there gather at night her age group – boys and girls – under the watchful eye of two chaperons. During the whole month, the young people meet here to sing, dance and make love. They have a lot of fun. The end of the rite would be marked by a big feast – the coming of the girl.
24 ― We were late coming to school that morning, and as the custom was, latecomers had to wait by the door until the teacher-in-charge came to find out why the students were not on time. Miss Dlova was conducting a religious instruction lesson across the hall not very far from the door. ' asked the teacher. ' I had taken Mama's advice seriously and was answering the question asked. Anyway, I knew the Ten Commandments from my Sunday school. Later in life, whenever Miss Dlova congratulated me on my achievements, she would say: 'I knew you would do well.
A Life's Mosaic: The Autobiography of Phyllis Ntantala (Perspectives on Southern Africa, No 49) by Phyllis Ntantala