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At the age of fourteen I was introduced to a book written by Mark mathabane called Kaffir Boy. This autobiographical account of the trials and tribulations of a young boy growing up in apartheid ridden South Africa is indeed a compelling and superb piece of literature. While growing up Mark has a loving relationship with his mother but there is the typical, tense love-hate relationship with his father who is stuck in his tribal ways. …

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…it would be impossible to study abroad, but I wanted to, I needed to. I saw that Mark found a way out through education and I decided thath that would be my path too. From that moment onward I rigidly applied myself to my studies and eventually earned a scholarship to Morehouse College. I can safely say that if it were not for my reading Kaffir Boy, I would not be where I am today.