Nkoranteng

Nkoranteng as a story attempts to tackle xenophobia in South Africa.

Nkoranteng runs into xenophobia on his first day at his new school. As is easy to understand, children learn from their parents. And the xenophobia in the country is easy to understand. Jobs are few. It’s tough for suddenly unemployed locals, to find their own resources to survive with. The recession has made everyone more desperate than ever. So when foreigners come from elsewhere in Africa, they start up businesses from scratch. When they become successful, resentment grows into raging hatred.

Shops are torched, foreigners are attacked and even killed. Naturally the children pick this up. Hating the ‘otherness’ of the newcomers becomes normal. This little story helps readers to look at common interests rather than the differences.

Client: Shuters, Indigenous Languages