Media mogul Basetsana Kumalo has just shared a nostalgic extract from her upcoming memoir Bassie: My Journey Of Hope, which releases in October.
Ever since Basetsana first announced her highly anticipated memoir, fans of the Kumalo legacy have been eagerly awaiting the day they can flip through the covers to learn more about one of South African media’s most powerful women. Bassie will take readers on a multi-decade journey that touches on her biggest achievements including her groundbreaking Miss South Africa win back in 1994.
This week, with less than two months to go until the book’s release, Basetsana shared an excerpt from the book on her Instagram page, along with a grainy photograph taken from her childhood.
She shared a passage from the book on Instagram where she reflected on Christmas morning in 1979, back when she was still known as Basetsana Makgalemele.
Even if you’re not old enough to remember this era, readers are quickly transported back in time and can envision a Christmas morning in Daveyton, Gauteng.
The extract also gave us an idea of the tone we can expect of the narrative when Bassie does release it. She writes about Christmas Eve describing it as “a hive of activity, baking (just the waft of ‘di-scones le di queens cake’) in the neighbourhood, preparation ya ‘gemmer’, jelly being placed under the sideboard for it to set by the following day.
“On Christmas Day, it would be church first with your new swag and then the feast. The neighbourhood photographer would be invited to come and take snaps of the family. You would be told to say ‘cheese’, that was supposed to mean ‘smile’.”
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Like I did on this picture, I still smile when I remember the special times we had on Christmas Day. Our parents bought us new clothes, new shoes, new socks, yonke into, brand new stuff from head to toe! I was about 5 years old here, same age as my daughter Bontle ba Morena, and we spent that Christmas at my uncle’s place in Daveyton. He was a preacher – Reverend Sebotsa – and had a church called Uniting Reformed Church. I have such a fond memory of that Christmas Day, with my cousins and siblings. Christmas Eve was a hive of activity, baking (just the waft of “di-scones le di queens cake”) in the neighborhood, preparation ya “gemmer”, jelly being placed under the side board for it to set by the following day. On Christmas Day, it would be church first with your new swag and then the feast. The neighborhood photographer would be invited to come and take snaps of the family. You would be told to say “cheese”, that was supposed to mean “smile,” You would visit neighbours’ homes and be fed again and again, or be given sweets… Oh happy days… Loved my childhood! Such fond memories. #BassiesBook #JourneyOfHope
Many of her Instagram followers were excited by the sneak peek into the upcoming title, and if Basetsana was trying to make us all hyper-nostalgic with this preview, then it worked.
Actress Sonia Sedibe commented on the post by saying, “I have a similar picture😻I swear ima find and do mafana-fanayo”
After 25 years in the media and entertainment industry, Bassie is ready to tell her story like never before.
The TV legend explained to Tshisa Live the importance of this book when she said, “It is not one of the important projects of my life. It is the most important project of my life. I laughed, I cried, I reflected, I counted my blessings, I am standing in the light of my own truth.”
Tinashe Venge – All4Women
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