Saturday 19 November 2016

You Won’t Find My Father’s Name On My Birth Certificate - Trevor Noah

Comedian Trevor Noah has once again recounted the difficulties of growing up as a child of a mixed-race relationship, saying that his father's name is not even on his birth certificate.  In an extract from his book, Born a Crime and Other Stories, Trevor opened up about his relationship with his father.
He wrote how his mother asked his father to help her have a child and how, when Trevor was born, she had to lie that his father was from Swaziland.  Trevor wrote this in the book “My father isn't on my birth certificate. Officially, he's never been my father.”

He also remembered how the family would sometimes attempt to visit the park, but had to hide the fact that they were together because of the strict apartheid laws of the time. He wrote “My mother tells me that once, when I was a toddler, my dad tried to go with us. We were in the park, he was walking a good bit away from us, and I ran after him, screaming, 'Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! People started looking. He panicked and ran away. I thought it was a game and kept chasing him.”

Trevor said he would spend Sunday afternoons watching Formula 1 racing with his father, but that eventually stopped and his father moved to Cape Town.


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