Zodwa Wabantu was deported from Zambia last year and was also banned from several other countries. When she went to Nambia, she was a little nervous as she was not sure how she would be welcomed.
She felt that Africa did not embrace her and was nervous that namibia would turn her away too.
“After I was deported from Zambia‚ I was scared it would be the same. I had my eyes and ears to the ground to see how the people would react. My first thought was I am going to land and they will send me straight back home.”
Zodwa however found that the country was welcoming, and even embraced her way of dressing.
“It was the first time I was not judged outside of SA. I mean by countries in Africa because after Zambia‚ I thought God was saying that these countries don’t want me and I must focus on other parts of the world.”
She is glad that she did not let her previous experience get in the way of accepting her invite to Namibia. While there, she even went topless to join the women of the Himba tribe. Social media however deemed the pictures she wanted to post, inappropriate.
“I felt comfortable there. Why do we westernise ourselves and abandon who we are and where we come from? We still go around naked. It was a place where they could relate to me and where I felt comfortable.”
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January 18, 2019