Growing up I spoke isiXhosa at home. But when I got to the Eastern Cape there was a boy who spoke English to a white person and I wanted to learn English. But when I got to Grade 4 my English teacher, Miss Matewu, used to say that in her class we must always speak English, and we did. That’s how I learnt the language. She also used to say, ‘If you want to learn to speak English you must read a lot’. I used to like speaking English, but when I got to high school I found out what I really like is to the radio, especially ‘Umhlobo Wenene’. I want to be a radio presenter. What made me love radio is that they speak isiXhosa and they don’t mix. That’s when I found out I love isiXhosa. I even stopped writing music in English and started to write in isiXhosa.


This piece of writing was created as part of the WritingMe Writing Clubs with Sophumelela High School, Western Cape. Find out more here.