There are many things that are wrong and need fixing in South Africa’s democracy. Bearing in mind that democracy is an idea or ideal, its primary requirement is of equal citizens with free minds. The majority of South Africans do not have free minds nor that sense of equality that is implied when talking about a democratic order. That sense of equality is not only noticeably absent, but most glaringly manifested by black women wearing straight-hair wigs.
Democracy is complicated. It therefore cannot be repaired -as ours needs to be - without a systematic approach. This approach must begin in the minds of citizens with a strong self-identity, which will always be lacking if, deep in our psyche, we do not accept who we are. A clear sign of a seriously damaged self-image is when we go to the extent of trying to look like someone else, usually a white person.
The problem is that the self-identity of blacks has not changed since diamonds and gold were discovered. We share a history as supplicants. Our identity was and still is that of people without roots, whose sole purpose is to be available to create wealth and comfort for the minority.
Being without roots is an unbearable burden. It leads to disorientation, a sense of intimidation, fear and ultimately shame about oneself. Shame always manifests itself, it cannot stay put. Ways it could manifest: as acts of despair, desperation, violence or it could lead to domination by materialism, alcohol and drugs. All things that we see today.
Yet actively rejecting one’s appearance is worse than enslavement. In fact most slaves resist their enslavement, even if it is by remaining only mentally free. Whereas habitually camouflaging one’s appearance is a rejection of oneself. This unbidden surrendering of identity is voluntary enslavement. It abandons that human search for identity, which is instinctive, active and lifelong. Therefore it abandons the most precious human possession.
When we reject who we are it is not possible to find our place in the harmonious order of creation. And everyday we see this self-rejection in our ‘fashionable’ black women with their straight hair wigs. What is alarming is that this headgear is now considered the standard measure of good grooming. What this means is our well-groomed black women balance a collective flag of surrender on their heads. This should be cause for alarm.
And alarmed we should be because we carry this flag of voluntary enslavement into all other areas of human activity, be it business, religion, politics, sport, you name it. Our message is that who we are is negotiable. We come with a starting position of pliancy. This happens before we do business battle or even have ordinary interactions with other humans. It is the mental framework with which we greet every new day.
Therefore it is what we should attend to before we attend to anything else. Nothing else we do can usher in the time of true human worth we all crave. But this duty is not the sole responsibility of black women.
Affirming humanity and self-worth cannot be the responsibility of one or other gender. It is the solemn duty of both men and women, indeed of all of humanity without even touching the colour issue. We must all add our voice to resonate the message that we are who we are. We cannot be anyone else. And black women must be themselves and show their hair.
Press Release – For Immediate release Johannesburg, 23rd October 2017 The Soweto Spring Festival is a one of a kind experience which aims to expose the richness and talent of Soweto. The festival gives an opportunity to draw different people from neighboring towns and provinces; the youth at large, artists, organizations and business, media and tourists around Gauteng in unity and on annual basis to celebrate Soweto’s richness, diversity, culture and the ever growing entertainment. The festival combines an entertainment program including music, dance, food and various other activities. The festival aims to offer the richness of Soweto’s entertainment, through showcasing upcoming and established artists from and around Soweto and South Africa as a whole. The team that work at The Soweto Spring Festival, along with the partners and featured artists, are striving to captivate and reward the audience with an event which will be stamped to their memories and always fondly recalled. The festival has grown exceptionally since its inception in 2015. And has only went on to show more promise, where in 2016 the total attendance grew exponentially to 13000 across all ticket levels. This year the festival only aims to be bigger and better with expectations of between 15000 to 20000 overall ticket sales, giving the residence of Soweto a chance to celebrate their home and for the greater public, the luxury to experience Soweto’s rich heritage and entertainment. The theme for the festival is Unity Through Arts which is not only about celebrating the diversity and heritage of our country but also about raising awareness about the part art and entertainment could play in helping us transcend race, gender, socio-economic background and all other kind of prejudices that still divide our country. And considering the ongoing prevalence of Afrophobia and femicide in our communities it is platforms such as these, which promote unity amongst all people, which are so desperately needed. What better way to do so than by entertaining people through celebrating our differences while promoting safety and tolerance. At the event there will be two main stages, hosted by the likes of Somizi Mhlongo, Khanyi Mbau, Thulisa Dladla, Dj Warras and many more. The Kwaito and Hip Hop stage will not only be used to pay homage to the legends of Kwaito music who created the space in South Africa for Hip Hop to become such a successful genre, but will also include popular artists such as Kwesta, AKA, Anathi, Khuli Chana and many other rappers and Dj’s who have had chart toppers over past couple of years. At the House and Afro-pop stage you can expect some new and exciting performers such as Amanda Black, Samthing Soweto, Lady Zamar and many more others who have been causing waves in the industry in recent years.
EVENT LISTING: Date: 25th of November 2017 Venue: FNB Stadium (outerfields Nasrec Road) Price: R150 General, R650 VIP and R1000 VVIP Time: 12:00 pm – 02:00 am EVENT LINKS: Twitter: @GrindersGang_za Facebook: Soweto Spring Festival.html Instagram: Soweto_spring_festival Website: www.sowetospringfestival.co.za