My name is Buhle Nkalashe, I was born in 1994 in Cape Town to a high school teacher and a carpenter. I was born on the turning point of South Africa, becoming a New Democracy. My work conveys what it means to me to be a New African in my own eyes, and is influenced by a new generation of young Africans who refuse to accept an inferior mindset. There are those who are making it big, those who are on their way there, and also a those who are changing their community for the better. I believe that this generation aspires to even greater things than the generations before them were able to. A new identity has evolved from the old, and it represents a new but also an original interpretation of what it means to be an African.
In Africa’s history there have been many events that have crippled Africans and their country. This has created a ceiling which has prevented many Africans to reach their fulfilled destinies. Not only were we crippled mentally but spiritually as well.
Today we still face challenges that have left scars in our hearts and spirits. It has also put Africans in a disadvantaged state where some of us even think we are inferior. But I also see a slow progression of a mindset changing, where Africans are now proud of their own skin, heritage and culture.
The fascinating part about all this is how we now look beyond the colour black and all the expectations, limitations and burdens which were previously placed on African people. This generation inspires me to know and believe that anything is possible, because of our resilience and strength to always be excellent.