I do not know why but South Africa’s naional anthem; Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, always brings me to tears. I’m not a very sobby person, but this song really pushes all my buttons.
Maybe because we know the struggle behind the words. Maybe because the song is full of hope. Maybe because South Africa is such an amazing country and it’s people are just the most happy, warm and kind people I have ever met.
I have only lived here for one and a half years, but I can really say that I love this country, and most of all it’s people.
Short history lesson:
The lyrics employ the five most widely spoken of South Africa’s eleven official languages – Xhosa (first stanza, first two lines), Zulu (first stanza, last two lines), Sesotho (second stanza), Afrikaans (third stanza) and English (final stanza).
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