Olamide, 16

This play has so many messages embedded in the plot that it is hard to write about one specific thing. But what stayed with me even after the play was done is the line ‘Who are you now?’. It stayed with me because Chilford, especially, aspired to be like the whites so badly and wanted to get rid of his tradition and identity to adopt and assimilate another. Chilford projected this onto Jekesai who just wanted to please her master along with those who he served. Forgetting where you come from leaves you with no substance and ‘now you are empty’; being empty makes you forget who you really are. I guess to me the message I received from the play is that you must stay true to yourself and where you are from as it is a part of your identity, and that is something that no one can take away from you. Your traditions, beliefs and values influence who you are and what you do whether we like it or not. During the play, although Jekesai becomes a truly transformed person there is still that part of her that holds on to where she is from; this is shown when she finds something cool or interesting and says an expression in Shona. This constant reminder allowed me to remember that no matter how much you would like to change yourself or try to become someone you’re not, there will always be a part of you that connects you to your heritage or where you are from. Chancellor says that ‘we are loving on the whites much more than ourselves’ and to be honest, it was true. There was never a single white person in the play, yet their presence remained in their minds and their homes, yet they never appeared. In general terms, we often refuse to help or support those we call our own, but root for people who probably don’t care for us or don’t even acknowledge us at all. But don’t you think that we should have the same level of support for our own community as we do for an outsider?