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Ntsiki Mazwai’s open letter to black people

Dear Black people….
So let me get this right….. u wear white people’s hair; you bleach your skin; you wear suits; take your kids to white schools; you don’t know your languages, customs and traditions; you swopped iizangoma for Christianity; u prefer white neighbourhoods and look down on places where there are many blacks; you laugh at blacks who don’t know English and call them backwards; u even replaced your pan African anthem with one they killed you with; you don’t know your own history but know Europe’s history; You hail EVERYTHING which is not African and then you have the nerve to say ‘it does not make me unAfrican?????” WTF _

What exactly is it that makes u African now that you have denounced everything African? How can you be African when you are just a European clone and western ambassador?

You confuse me when you are in denial of the over 500yrs of brainwash we have endured. My logic tells me that if I am told for 500yrs that I’m ugly…..its either I’m going to believe it or I am going to spend the next 500years emphasising my beauty so that I balance my own feelings about myself. When the bath water is too hot, you add cold water. You don’t endure the hot water, you alter the temperature.

When do we get to alter the way white people made us feel about ourselves? When do we unlearn the bullshit?

My problem is when a whole nation says one thing, but acts in another way. You say you are African yet you follow and grovel at the west. You spend all your money just to be like them. How does that make any sense?
Let’s look at the Indians and the Chinese….they have not lost their sense of identity despite suffering similar oppression (but absolutely not the same.) Not only that but the Chinese have gone on to become a world super power and they are not imitating the west. If anything, their strength and power comes from holding onto their identity. While we are promoting a 30% pass standard in a western educational system- the Chinese learn about THEMSELVES and are running the world IN MANDARIN!

Thina siyakopa and siyafaila…….nice!

The western culture is represented and has monopolised our generation…..is that ok with you? Ufuna ukuba ngumlungu omnyama?
Personally, that is not my aspiration. I come from a rich culture and I think Ubuntu is the most beautiful way of life in the world. I don’t want to give birth to children that will not know their mother tongue and stories of Queen Nzinga and Nandi.
I want my children to have access to other African countries for there is more to Africa than South Africa.
I want to raise black children that take pride in what they look like. I want my kids to have role models and celebrities who are not wearing other people’s hair. The biggest injustice we have done to the little black girl is to make her believe she needs to look white to be beautiful.
I want to see black people own their own businesses and not ALWAYS be the consumer
I want to see black people claim themselves and own up to being African.
The truth is, if you are ashamed of what you are and what you look like……you’ll NEVER be at the top of the food chain. It means you NEED to be led.
So black people…..who are you?
You are so busy behaving white, Do you even remember who you are?
Source: Mzansi Gossip
This article originally appeared in Mzansi Gossip. Read the original article here.


  1. I really appreciate it with his sister had to say. I read through all the comments and I can see that many people choose not to look a good General point that this sister is making. I find it really sad. Thank you Ntsiki Mazwai

  2. NHhayi bo!!what must we do now?should we not take our children to the schools of our choice,because that would be anti black.do we not embrace the beauty of creativity and invention and the complicity that comes along them?because of who made them,the problem is people still see them selves black and there’s white but there’s only one race in the world and that is human race.and it’s so sad that people are not cognizant when we i’ll treat our African brothers and sisters,guys yekelani ukusa pls,everybody owes it to themselves to spree love to everyone,hatred is every where and in every nation people should grow old at this.

  3. Thank you so much my sister for that powerful message that you have shared with us as African people, the black people. It about time that indeed we look back and claim of origin. In this great future, IGNORANCE is a choice that we fellow black people are suffering from, it is our number ENEMY. Thank you once again.

  4. I love Ntsiki and her outspokenness. But she’s wearing a lipstick (white manufactured) her eye glasses were never bought at a black township spaza shop. She uses a TV set and a microwave and all white-manufactured and invented gadgets that make life easier for her. She drives a white-manufactured car etc. At what point do we draw the line? Do we all black people draw the line where she does?
    I’d like to see her send her niece/nephew to anot old township school until the child goes to tertiary. It’s an unfortunate statement that she makes. Living in town does not mean we are anti black and pro white. This is my country, I can live wherever I want to live

    1. Though manufactured in the west, almost every invention in the world is black. Even the car engine, the microwave, laundry machines,
      Live where you may. But pride yourself in being black. All else will fall in place

    2. I see a lot of people responding this way when posts similar to Ntsiki’s are posted. The truth is make up is not is un-African, we have enough picture refrences to prove that. The technology that you mentioned do not belong to anyone’s culture…they are just that…Morden inventions. Being African does not mean being primitive, you can maintain your African identity while navigating the ever changing world.

  5. As much as i agree with you to a large extent, the reality is that, hunger is more powerful than anything on earth when it comes to valuing life. Truth be told, the majority of Africans are more worried about what to eat next. It is easy to forget about who you are, when hunger is in control. You end up trying to imitate anything n everything your master who gives you food.
    Until Africans who are better off start investing on production which will create sustainable jobs. The Transkei region of the Eastern is blessed with the best leaders in many spheres of life, having said that, the area is the poorest n underdeveloped than any area. As long as we rely on whites for food, it is not possible to be proud of who we are. There must be collective efforts to increase productivity in our communities. We will blame each other forever for being less African or lack of African pride if we do not address the basics. We have been enticed to lavish life style that requires high maintainence with low morality which include not caring for anything else but money.
    The damage done but colonialism n apartheid is deeper than what we see. It will take a lot to successfully decolonize our minds to trully vallue ourselvesn our rich culture. Whites took away our resources first before destroying our cultures, we have to restore our dignity by dealing with poverty first then everything will fall into place. When Mbeki tried to bring the nutrition issue to hiv/aids question among Africans, he was demonized by the whites n few of us with little understanding of the realities of an African child.

    1. Well written. Most are hungry these days in Africa but she is right still those who are not hungry should think seriously about their identity we have lost all African values most don’t even know which values are African which are European a confused generation indeed.

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