Tag: South Africa

Reflections

Letters to my Daughter (1): Expectations

By Ayanda Xaba, Mzansi Dear Daughter, I loved you before we met Even before the tinkling started Before intestine area became wonderland Who could’ve thought you could be accommodated there? There. I fell in love with you there I imagined how adorable your face would be Gap teeth, dimples, and fluffy hair Definetly Mommy’s sexy eyes Probably a little replica […]

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Rebabedi (Finale)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa   Ayanda is packing shoes in the twins’ walk-in closet. Both boys are obsessed with shoes that’s why their mother gave them a whole room to put them in. She’s been repacking all their things since they moved out from home a week ago. “Don’t you want to see Mbali’s TV debut?” Her husband […]

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Rebabedi (14)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Watching soccer isn’t really my thing, today is a special occasion. Mbali was asked by the Zebhola soccer channel to fill in for their sick presenters. Well; I have to watch my friend’s television debut. I was excited for her when I heard that Ayanda gave her permission because I know Mbali is a […]

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Rebabedi (13)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Girls like me were not meant for happiness. I lay there listening to Ayanda and Mbali and felt as if I was dying. I imagined myself jumping from the roof of a 20 story building and carelessly floating to meet my death. It felt like I was watching over the lifeless body lying there […]

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Rebabedi (12)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa It hasn’t even been a week since I ran away from home and I already miss my family. Don’t get me wrong; I love Kagi and living with him is such an adventure, but I can’t enjoy myself knowing my mother is probably going crazy worrying about me. I speak to Poni almost everyday […]

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Rebabedi (11)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa ‘No woman, no cry’ chants Bob Marley through Kwena’s radio. Kwena is a Bob Marley fanatic and a lover of raggae music in general. He goes as far as attending events and collecting the music. His room is like a musuem of raggae because of all the CDs and posters he has displayed. His […]

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Rebabedi (10)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa It’s been a week since that disaster date with Kagiso’s parents… a week since I was banned from seeing Kagiso by my own parents… a week since I last spoke to the guy I’ve grown to love. I haven’t been sleeping or eating much this past week. All I think about is how stupidly […]

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Rebabedi (9)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Mbali is singing as she prepares her lunch in her small, modern kitchen. She always prepares herself some junk food as a treat on Sundays. She is on a healthy diet as she wants to avoid any diabetic complications that attacked her mother a few years ago. She also exercises regularily to keep fit. […]

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Rebabedi (8)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Thabi gets so saddened by Kagiso’s parents that she stops eating. She was shocked by Kagiso’s sudden talk about lobola and would’ve been excited about it if his parents weren’t so visibly against it. What was wrong so with her that they hated the idea of Kagiso marrying her so much? She suddenly feels […]

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