Imbewu Star Raphael Griffiths Speaks Out On Fears Of Being A Foreigner In SA

” Yes, I am half Zambian. My dad is Zambian, he is from Kitwe. Some of my family is still there in Zambia. Some have married guys from Botswana, some are married to Namibians, and some are married to Zimbabweans, others to Malawians

Imbewu Star Raphael Griffiths Speaks Out On Fears Of Being A Foreigner In SA-SurgeZirc SA
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Ever wonder where the Imbewu: The Seed’s hunk Raphael Griffiths comes from? Well, you might have never found should he not have been able to open up about living as a foreigner in South Africa.

The star who was well known for his character as Vusi on Muvhango has revealed that he isn’t a South African and for long now he has been afraid of speaking about his nationality as he fears that he might be wrongly judged or hurt by the xenophobic South Africans.

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Despite being proud of his ancestry and heritage, the multi-talented actor said that he was scared to tell people that he is half-Zambian because he did not feel comfortable with how some xenophobic South Africans treated foreigners.

” Yes, I am half Zambian. My dad is Zambian, he is from Kitwe. Some of my family is still there in Zambia. Some have married guys from Botswana, some are married to Namibians, and some are married to Zimbabweans, others to Malawians.”

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Telling us his family history Griffiths said: “My great-grandma from my father side was originally Portuguese. She had a bit of Angolan descent. They moved to Zambia, and that’s how my grandma came about. She married a Zambian man, and that’s how my Dad came about. My Dad married a Zulu woman and that’s how I came about. I am an African. It’s a nice mix.”

During an interview, the actor who currently plays the role of Zithulele on Imbewu said that he had to learn Zulu and not disclose his true identity as he feared that he might not be welcomed and loved if he revealed that his father is Zambian. He went on to say that he scared that xenophobic South Africans would say that he is one of the foreigners taking over the jobs meant for South Africans.

 

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