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“His Success Mirrors Our Determination” – Fred Khumalo on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show Debut

Zulu Boy Gone Crazy“I was so happy when Trevor Noah admitted on his debut The Daily Show in the US this week that growing up in Soweto, one dream he shared with many of his neighbours was that of an indoor toilet.”

These are the opening words of Fred Khumalo, in a recent column for Rand Daily Mail, on why we ought to be proud of Trevor Noah’s rise to fame in the US.

The author of Zulu Boy Gone Crazy continues: “Now, stupid regional jokes aside, we have to take pride in that, taking the helm of The Daily Show, Noah has shown the world, once again, that South Africans ‘have been having it’.”

Read the article for Khumalo’s reflections on the challenges facing Noah in the US, and the hindrances he had to overcome to host The Daily Show:

They’ll tolerate a white immigrant from Serbia with little education and no English at all, but they’ll baulk at a professor from Africa who teaches English and philosophy at Harvard. He has to fight for the right to be heard. Only then will they grudgingly accede to his requests: be it at a public place such as a restaurant, airport or supermarket.

So, let us congratulate Noah and give him all the support we can because his success mirrors our determination as a people.

His success will hopefully go a long way towards paving the way for many South Africans, in different professional persuasions, to be given a fair and democratic hearing so they show what they have to offer the world.

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