Tracey Mabasa is a Children in The Wilderness Eco-Club member from the Makuleke community who graduated from high school in 2017 with six distinctions. She entered the NYM Cultural Youth Awards with her entertaining visual poem below - we hope you will enjoy it as much as we have.
“It’s a very good poem and she is gifted”, says Bongani Baloyi, Children in the Wilderness Regional Programme Coordinator & Group Culture Coordinator. “She is one of the young people you truly believe in”.
I am Xitsakisi Mabasa A lady who prides herself with natural beauty I ask, “Who do we owe?” Beauty has no measure But you're now holding red pens Analysing and marking Stating what makes a person beautiful To whom do we owe sculpted beauty? You want light complexions from us Saying we should bleach our skins to be beautiful Don't you see that our dark skin suits us? You label people's full figures as a disability People's thickness suits them well out here Swinging and shaking with every step they take When it comes to our hair You say we should hide it And wear that of foreign people instead As for me, I refuse Mine is a crown With its coils, curls and fullness it's mine Our beauty is in our diversity Be proud of who you are For you are also a sculpted beauty
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