Black writer, yellow content!

Very few black writers and public speakers will be esteemed by the non-black society in the corporate space. This is simply because most colonial master generations do not (’till this day) have respect for their colonies. Anyway, why would they listen to you if all you can tell them is what their forefathers told them some hundreds of years ago? Why should they listen to you merely re-echo what they are reminded of by their families and society on a daily basis? What did your forefathers tell you?!

It is no secret that non-black nationalities hardly quote black intellects in their speeches or material. If, by any chance, they do throw in a quote or two (for the sake of accommodating the black reader) it is usually the regulars i.e Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X and the likes. There are about 412 black writers; just on Wikipedia alone (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African-American_writers) and I know hundreds of other shrewd and resourceful black authors who do not appear on this list. I’m quite certain that if you looked through their material you’d find something striking and profound to bring to the world’s attention.

Non-black nationalities learned a long time ago that history is preserved, and that the future is largely influenced by that very same history. These nationalities have remained resolute in safeguarding their legacy by collecting, collating and preserving their intellectual property. Over the years, they have ceaselessly drawn from that pool of intellect in order to change the cause of their lives; as well as that of others. If you want to be a renowned author or speaker, who is recognized for the authenticity of his/her work and you want to do it through ‘yellow’ content – my dear friend, Christ may actually come back while you are still trying.

Talking about Christ, I have noted the unwavering success that black writers (as well as intellects) have seen within the religious space. They heap victory upon victory perpetually. I believe that this is because black people have generally embraced these authors’ unadulterated authority within this space. There are many non-black authors whose books I have read and whose speeches I’ve heard, but I make it a point to buy one non-black material for every 5 black author books.

This is not because of any sinister reason, other than the fact that when I enter into a bookstore or browse online, my mind spontaneously rejects material written by any non-African writer or author first. I believe that there are many black intellectuals whose “wisdom” I have not tapped into thus far. When I have exhausted their wisdom, I may consider exploring more non-black craft.


The answer is hidden in the concept of “COLLUSION”. The sooner you, the black writer, start quoting black intellects in your materials, the sooner your material will gain resonance with the general black person and the sooner they will take pride in you; perhaps the sooner every black person will more naturally opt for an “African-originated” book when choosing a book to read.

The same is true that the more you continue to quote non-black authors or writers whenever you post short messages on social media (and in your materials) the idea you are entrenching on an ordinary black person’s mind is that the person you are quoting is ultimately smarter than you.

My point is this: Maybe you have to consider teaching your material to other fellow blacks instead of spending your best days trying to penetrate white brick walls and convincing white supremacy that you can write good and acceptable English, dear black writer!


1. A picture that we have of ourselves – will always determine how we respond to life. -Myles Munroe
2. The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only unreality. -Toni Cade Bambara
3. The story grew, got way bigger than the contest rules called for, and next thing I knew I had a
book. -Leslie Banks
4. Do not desire to fit in. Desire to oblige yourselves to lead. -Gwendolyn Brooks
5. I want you to write yourself into history because no matter what history books say, even you are
part of it. – Nnedi Okorafor
6. Before this generation goes on to its ancestors, we should, we must, do our level best to pass on
our lessons, so that they live in our people’s minds and lives. -Mumia Abu-Jamal
7. Deal with yourself as an individual, worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you the same
way. -Nikki Giovanni
8. I am the mountain and the sculptor, losing myself, finding myself, revealing what was there all
along. -M.K. Asante, Buck: A Memoir
9. All poets, all writers are political. They either maintain the status quo, or they say, ‘Something’s
wrong, let’s change it for the better.’ -Sonia Sanchez
10. It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die. -Steve Biko

— by Simphiwe Ngcobo


  1. Reply
    Simphiwe Ngcobo says

    That’s appreciated.

  2. Reply
    Fred says

    It’s a crucial factor that is being highlighted by the article hence we find that a lot of authors who publish their work never see their work get to the hands of the African community they write the books for one being the costs of the books and secondly being the language of the books being used which is the colonial language this own it’s own seems like the target audience of the book is for the white man. If African authors can fix that I think, they would become successful.

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    Hlengiwe says

    Wow I am shaken by this beautiful work. Keep up the good work Ngcobo for God is with you.

    • Reply
      Simphiwe Ngcobo says

      Thank you

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    Sondelani says

    Powerful information I wish we can have a public debate about this Decolonization topic

    • Reply
      Simphiwe Ngcobo says

      Let’s talk mfethu

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      Khehla says

      The piece is good and hits on our issue of prop noting ourselves and our black authors. Yes truth be told we more into citing non black authors more.

      • Simphiwe Ngcobo says

        I thank you Prof. I appreciate your input.

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