On the Issue of Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa…

Motivation Springs

I am Nigerian, and I live in South Africa. As a matter of fact, I have lived in South Africa for approximately ten years now. I completed my high school education in Pretoria, moved to Stellenbosch for my undergraduate and Honours degrees, and back to Pretoria for my Masters. Currently, I am a lecturer in Johannesburg, paying e-tolls, my taxes, and every other duty that is expected of me. Why the long story? I’ll bring it home in a bit.

My first experience with xenophobia in South Africa was approximately ten years ago, when the word ‘kwere-kwere’ was uttered by a woman who eye-balled me in a shoe store. I looked at her steadily and told her I pay my bills here, my fees here, and I in my own little way as a student, contribute to the economy. She looked like she was about to burst into a zillion…

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