03 September, 2010

The journey of a Quiet Storm


You should see his smile, he has a mouth full of beautiful white teeth and his smile bounces off his lips to his eyes and his whole face changes. He has a beautiful real smile and he doesn’t even know it.

Baphe Phukwana, a 20-year old from the Transkei, is quiet and reserved.

Baphe’s childhood was bittersweet. He was not raised by his mother but by his great grandmother. Although he had a father he says he never really had a daddy. His great grandmother played a significant role in moulding Baphe. Although the single most important woman in his life passed away, Baphe still remembers what she taught him: “Never search for something you don’t know.” He learnt this early in his life, when he searched for his absent father only to find him and realise that he should never searched for him to begin with.

After high school, Baphe left his home to pursue Journalism Studies at WSU. Although in tertiary, Baphe has no dating experience and he doesn’t seem to be bothered. All he wants now is to graduate and make money. Baphe’s spirit and essence are beautiful and so silently alive that one can see that his childhood really moulded him and it was filled with love. And that's a child needs: love.


Baphe, thinking about the power of new media at the FJP

8 comments:

Wilhelmina10 said...

This is fantastically written, I really like how you got to capture the side of Baphe I have never seen and put it together so perfectly.

Malusi 10 said...

i agree with you mina, asanda has got a really good writing skill...mad props to you asanda.

Junior 10 said...

very good asanda.

Phumlani 10 said...

This is top of the range Asanda

Sungeni 10 said...

Beautiful.

Jenny 10 said...

I now feel like I know Baphe ten times better than I did this Morning.good job Asanda!

Asanda10 said...

he gave me so much to work with, im convinced I want to do documentaries. i loved this exercise.

SimCard said...

Dear Asanda,
The piece is OK, but needs a bit of work around the beginning. You might for example, want to get rid of your by-line, since it's clear you are the one who has written.
Sim