Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
edwinmakitla12 would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF EDWIN MAKITLA.

By edwinmakitla12 All Rights Reserved ©

Fantasy

Chapter 1

BASED ON A TRUE STORYOF
EDWIN MAKITLA

When I was in primary school in tembisa Idiscovered that there was something wrong with
being a pedi. I think it was when I was in Grade 1 when I first
heard the words “you don’t look like a pedi boy”.
I was confused by it but then the girl who said it
to me pointed at another pedi girl and she said
pedi’s look like her”. The girl had darker skin than
mine and it was very nicely pointed out that she had a nose that spanned across her face. I think I
shrugged at the statement but somewhere inside
me that was affirmation of my beauty in a city
where I was a clear minority. We were labelled (PIT) – pedi in tembisa. It was
supposed to be funny but I always wondered by
the Batswana, Basotho and Mavenda who
dominated the school were not given labels. I
figured it had to do with the fact that the
acronym existed so poking fun at us just made sense. I heard the term more than once at some
point I would interject before someone even said
it. “Yes I’m a PIT. Haha move on.” I probably
didn’t say it with that much attitude though, I
was not aware of the prejudices around me. I
was a child.

I will never forget the day one of my friends toldme that all pedi people are evil and they use black
magic rituals. I went home and asked my mother
about it she said those things did happen, but
they happened in Mamelodi (where my friend
was from) as well. For a very long time I had a complex. I rejected
my culture. I rejected my language and all African
languages in fact.

I spoke English no matter what.With the other African languages, I feared further
rejection and ridicule for being the PIT who
butchers Setswana or whatever language I was attempting to speak. I hated that I was Mopedi Honestly. I was
embarrassed to say it when people asked me.
And when they asked me if both my parents
were pedi. That would pour salt onto my wounds.
I remember when my mother told me that her
father actually had some Pedi origins from Lord knows when I was so excited. I started telling
people that. I used it to explain my beauty. In high school I had a friend who told me she did
not speak sepedi anywhere else but home
because people always made fun of her. For
some reason that was the day I decided I was not
going to allow anyone to tell me that there was
something wrong with my language or my culture. When we studied history and I started
speaking to my mother about the politics of our
country I started to realise why I had been
treated like a ‘lesser black’. 4years later I was accepted at university of the
Witwatersrand. Where I meet challenges, I meet
new friends, different Diversity of people. The
tone of my language was English, I adopt this
language and I reject my home language.
All my friends, classmates, student mates, where from different place, City, Provenances, I took
English as my home language. I have tears in my eyes just thinking about the
fact that I once resented myself, my names and
my entire being.

When you reject who you werecreated to be you are uncomfortable in your own
skin. You are not free to embrace everything
about you and you even fail to explore what your heritage is because of you don’t want it. At
home when you are with your sisters and
brothers you are proud and you are so self-
confident but when you are out there in the
world there is a part of you that seeks approval,
that is insecure and just sad. I believe that I was not aware of the self-rejection
that the prejudices I faced created but I do know
that even today I have traces of what happened
to me.

I am not completely confident when Ispeak sepedi with people who are fluent because
I know that I am not as proficient in my mother- tongue as they are. What comforts me is the fact
that I am in love with my culture and my
language.

I am proud of my names and I ammore than willing to teach someone how the ‘E’ in
my surname and second name are pronounced. I believe that self-identification is important. Not
so that you can bring down others or elevate
yourself above others but just so you can
understand the dynamics of your society and
understand where we come from.

When you areaware of the sad mentalities that were drilled into the minds of our ancestors instead of hating
yourself and the people who ridiculed you, you
will be proud of yourself and your place in
society.

You will start to educate yourself andthose around you because you know who you
are. You will be able to walk with your head held high because you are aware that some would
rather you kept it down. You will be proud because you will know the
horrid stereotypes that are impressed upon your
people and you will explore the nuances that you
are faced daily. You will be aware of the
comments that are made with malice and those
that are just real intrigue. YOU will know who you are and you will be
proud of who you are. There is no need to try
and fit into a mould that was never made for you.

Written by: Edwin Makitla

Based on the true storyOf
Edwin Makitla

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, edwinmakitla12
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Schaelz: I was intrigued from the second I started reading, and it kept my interest the whole way through. Chelsea has a way with words that will enchant you until the very end. She is very poetic with the way she mixes genres and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The main character is also very relat...

Usagi Kita: This story is emotional from beginning to end. You get to watch the characters struggle and grow, maturing in different ways so that they come to be the people they are meant to be. Inea is insanely adorable, and his antics made me laugh more than once, and Kaedon is perfect for him in so many wa...

MegaRogueLegend666: I love this story so much. It's impossible to describe my excitement with each new chapter in words. The author has such a good writing style, very good descriptions of the fighting and character descriptions/emotions. the plot is also amazing! This fanfic could be a side anime show or novel ......

Marijana1: The melancholy present throughout this story has the power to influence and etch into the minds of the readers, to stay there and refuse to leave even after they have finished reading the story. This is a deep, powerful story, making the readers wonder about everything – about love, about their e...

PurpleInkling: Hippocrite is spelt hypocrite.Also it is an awesome story! A good one after so long. I was hoping someone would write a good fanficiton playing off what Ron said at the station. You are doing a remarkable job. It would have been interesting if Albus had also ended up in Ravenclaw though that mig...

Talon Richey: The answer to that question is NO! I absolutely loved the book, it has a way of lifting the magic right of the page and into the imagination. The story is well thought out and connects so easily with its self that as a reader i felt like it could actually be real. defiantly in my top five favori...

ga1984: I really enjoyed it! Characters were deep and plot was pretty complex. A bit on the violent side but it doesnt detract from the story. Very dark but situations make sense. Ends kinda abruptly and later chapters will need some editing work. I'm assuming there's more in the works?

JWalker: I loved this story from start to finish! It flows at a really nice pace and the story world feels so real. The fight sequences are a treat especially when Isanfyre is training to become a warrior. I found the names really cool and thankfully easy to pronounce. Personally I have always struggled w...

Nymeria: Really can't get enough of this story. It flows well, it captivates the reader from page 1, and throws you into such a well-written, well conceptualized world that you'll believe it's real. Everything in the book is meshed together really well. From character backgrounds to plot twists, you can t...

More Recommendations

ram123: Beautifully written novel, engrossing from start to finish. Great story, clever and imaginative adventure of two young sisters in Victorian England. Story moved at a quick pace .Looking forward to the second book. Congratulations to the author I predict that this will be a very successful series.

Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...

Brie Lundy: I have never read a story like this before. It was riveting. It kept me captive. Once I started it I couldn't stop until it was finished. 10/10. I need more of this book. They need to find the Wizard!!

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
King's Lament

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."