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[WATCH] Video shows late Maya Angelou honouring 'beautiful' Xhosa language

3 March 2021 5:26 PM
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Maya Angelou
Gqeberha
PE changes name to Gqeberha

In the footage, the poet and writer can be heard pronouncing the distinctive 'clicks' and calling isiXhosa a 'wonderful language'.

The row over the renaming of Port Elizabeth continued this week with Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Nqaba Bhanga calling for the name change to be reversed.

The Democratic Alliance MP told SABC that he is engaging with his lawyers on the way forward.

Last week, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa signed off on a decision to rename PE to Gqeberha, a decision that divided South Africans.

In a series of Tweets, Bhanga said the new name 'has no meaning in isiXhosa' and that it was not 'inclusive'.

RELATED: Twitter has strong feelings about renaming PE to Gqeberha (and pronouncing it!)

For some non-Xhosa-speaking South Africans, the name change proved to be a tongue-twister, with some claiming they were unable to pronounce the new name.

On Wednesday, an archive video began doing the rounds on social media showing the late American poet and writer Maya Angelou praising the Xhosa language.

"There's a wonderful language in South Africa called Xhosa...It's a beautiful language" she says.

"I know people who say 'I could never speak that'. Wait a minute. Human beings speak it. And you are a human being."

Click below to watch:

RELATED: [WATCH] Still having trouble with Gqeberha? The Kiffness has got you covered




3 March 2021 5:26 PM
Tags:
Maya Angelou
Gqeberha
PE changes name to Gqeberha

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