“I could no longer be limited by the borders and restrictions of simply being a South African. I had to unlearn that narrow identification of myself as a separate entity, and holistically identify myself as an extension of the land and continent of my birth.”
Miriam Dube takes us on a compelling journey that sees her explore not only the roots of who she is as a first-generation Zimbabwean-South African and daughter of a migrant laborer, but as an African woman in a far broader context. In this book, she depicts three contrasting worlds: South Africa, the DRC and Kenya, all drawn together by one common thread: Our Africanness.
Through her own story, she explores themes of identity and what it means to be African. She also prompts considered thought around topics such as xenophobia, Afrophobia, the role of women in Africa’s progress, the expression of one’s culture and identity in the workplace, and the impact of capitalism and Westernization on African culture. Miriam offers thought-provoking perspectives and, in so doing, invites us to explore our own ideas and ideologies around Africanism and what it means to live on the African continent. She reminds us that once, a very long time ago, there were no boundaries and that all continents were once one – a supercontinent called Pangea.
“What an interesting woman you are. It takes someone with a certain courage of spirit to not only take on new, ‘alien’ experiences in
challenging foreign environments, but to also then use each experience for personal and professional growth. You are clearly passionate,
not only about your work, but about your personal growth as an individual and a woman. For that, I salute you.”
~ Michelle Bovey-Wood