Siphiwo Ngqoza was an ordinary boy born and grew in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.
He was observant throughout his childhood and that enabled him to narrate his life journey up to twenty one years of age. The book depicts his childhood chores with brothers at home, and explores their recreational activities.
The political education (umrabulo) he received during school boycotts and within his community became an eye-opener to him, particularly by the eloquence and gallant spirit from the student leadership in their defiance of an illegitimate and racist white regime.
He grew from the families of his maternal and paternal parents in different times of his life. In the process, he started to have an attitude and perception towards chauvinistic and paternalistic tendencies that seek to punish every child and youth were viewed to be ‘ill-discipline’ and ‘disobedient’ to the elders or adults.
Siphiwo illustrates his youthful stages with peers, with the youth and the community at large. As a student, he narrates his academic experiences and recreational activities in school.
It is possible that responsible adults and law-abiding citizens may be generated from supported and developed children during their childhood. Thus an adequate support has to be given to children and the youth from which they will participate, take decisions and sustain their own development.
A wise nation invests in the future of its children!
What are we doing to better the future of our children and youth? How willing are we to sacrifice for the youth to see their future beyond our shadows? Do our tantrums add value to today’s generation or are they just for our own consolation and our insecurities?