Monday, May 7, 2007
Have you ever wondered what might be going through the head of Jonathan Shapiro (nee Zapiro) every time he sits down and draw those tongue- in –cheek cartoons? The humour, by which he manages to make sensitive statements, is quite a craft on its own. He gets away with murder. That’s the media industry for you; it gives you the freedom to say anything (or almost anything). I am by the way I am anti- establishment. I hate things like bureaucratic red tape, waiting in queues at banks and governments department is not my idea of fun. Perhaps that is the reason why love the media. I also do not believe in the “rule –of- thumb, conventional wisdom” approach to life. I believe in fresh approaches to life. I don’t buy the argument that as an African my culture is static and cast in Stone as the Self –appointed custodians of African culture seem to claim. I believe that mine is forward looking and contemporary like any other. Otherwise how am I coping with this fast- paced life of the 21st century? I want to challenge the general assumptions made in the name of African culture by bunch of buffoons who claims to be speaking on our behalf. Hhm! This sounds tough, but maybe I was taught by ROY to speak in this manner.