Xenophobia? Afrophobia? Genocide? My thoughts on phobias ... and what's taking place in South Africa: Lovelyn Chidinma Nwadeyi

Demonstrators carry placards during a march against xenophobia in downtown Johannesburg, April 23, 2015. Credit: voanews.com

My name is Lovelyn Chidinma Nwadeyi. I am a Nigerian. Born in Nigeria to two Nigerian parents. Raised in Queenstown, Eastern Cape by those same Nigerian parents right up until I completed my Bachelors at Stellenbosch.

Growing up in South Africa, I was always reminded by those around me that I was different to everyone else. In primary school, I had a much darker complexion than I do now, and super white teeth – the telling marks of a foreigner that betray you even when you put on your best English accent. It is just too obvious.

I bear citizenship of both worlds. I speak fluent Xhosa, Igbo, Afrikaans and English. I can make sense of Tswana and Sotho. I enjoy a good braai, I love vetkoek and bunny-chow. I can’t get enough of Bokomo WeetBix, I love Ouma’s rusks and I can pull off my panstulas with any outfit on a lazy Saturday when I want to head to town.

Read more: My Thoughts on Phobias…and What's Taking Place in South Africa – SAPeople – Your Worldwide South African Community.

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