What I Wore Being Black and bi-polar in South Africa by Keamogetswe Bopakamo

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BEING BLACK AND BI-POLAR IN SOUTH AFRICA

‘My struggles with mental illness were in some ways like a child crying out for attention; more than that they were a cry for help from the mind I felt trapped in. There was a darkness in me that many times swallowed me whole.’

This is how Keamogetswe Bopalamo introduces her account of her troubled early life. It is an intensely personal account, and yet it speaks to a reality much broader than itself. In the exciting whirl of South Africa’s post-apartheid society, there is this darker side: the confusions, the fears, the rebellions, the degradations and emotional pain.

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‘My struggles with mental illness were in some ways like a child crying out for attention; more than that they were a cry for help from the mind I felt trapped in. There was a darkness in me that many times swallowed me whole.’

This is how Keamogetswe Bopalamo introduces her account of her troubled early life. It is an intensely personal account, and yet it speaks to a reality much broader than itself. In the exciting whirl of South Africa’s post-apartheid society, there is this darker side: the confusions, the fears, the rebellions, the degradations and emotional pain.

How does a young black girl cope when her parents are taken away as political detainees, or when she is repeatedly expelled from schools and hostels, or when she ends up in a mental institution after trying once again to end her own life?

What I Wore offers startling answers.

About the author:

KEAMOGETSWE BOPALAMO was born near Rustenburg in North West Province during the final decade of apartheid South Africa. After spells in Johannesburg and Pretoria, she currently works for the Rustenburg Municipality as a Human Settlements policy development coordinator. She holds a BA degree in Communication Studies from UNISA.

Endorsement:

‘This is honest writing made more powerful by the absence of self-pity.’

David Robbins.

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