Sorry, Not Sorry

Experiences of a brown woman in a white South Africa

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

A controversial columnist's debut collection of humorous, polemical and fearlessly honest essays on race, identity politics, feminism, mental health and family in contemporary South Africa
Date Published :
July 2018
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
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ISBN : 9781776092666
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Why don’t white people understand that Converse tekkies are not just cool but a political statement to people of colour? Why is it that South Africans of colour don’t really ‘write what we like’? What’s the deal with people pretending to be ‘woke’? Is Islam really as antifeminist as is claimed? What does it feel like to be a brown woman in a white media corporation? And what life lessons can we learn from Bollywood movies? In Sorry, Not Sorry, Haji Mohamed Dawjee explores the often maddening experience of moving through post-apartheid South Africa as a woman of colour. In characteristically candid style, she pulls no punches when examining the social landscape: from arguing why she’d rather deal with an open racist than some liberal white people, to drawing on her own experience to convince readers that joining a cult is never a good idea. In the provocative voice that has made Mohamed Dawjee one of our country’s most talked-about columnists, she offers observations laced with acerbic wit. Sorry, Not Sorry will make readers laugh, wince, nod, introspect and argue.

About The Author

Born to a Muslim family in the apartheid township of Laudium, Pretoria, Haji Mohamed Dawjee came of age just as South Africa’s democracy was finding its feet. Opting out of the favored family profession of dentistry, she graduated with a Bachelor in Music from the University of Pretoria before teaching music and second-language English at the American International School. Deciding that the world of education was far too sensible for her, she turned to the more chaotic universe of the media and completed a postgraduate degree in journalism at Stellenbosch University. After graduating, she rapidly established herself as a digital media specialist. She became Africa’s first social media editor in a newsroom at the Mail & Guardian, where she went on to work as deputy digital editor and a disruptor of the peace through a weekly column. A stint as the programme manager followed at impactAFRICA – a grant-disbursing fund for African digital journalists. In 2017 she was selected as a fellow for the Deutsche Welle Institute. Mohamed Dawjee now pursues her own writing full time and infuriates readers of EWN, Women24 and the Sunday Times (to the same degree, she hopes) with weekly and bi-monthly columns, and contributes freelance journalism and opinion to a range of other publications.

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