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with Talent Jumo, Young Women's Leadership Initiative (YOWLI)
October 06, 2010
interview with Talent Jumo - Read and listen
yourself in five words?
Strong, emotional, loving, hardworking, mother.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
To be myself.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I don't live with my husband, he's in Pretoria,
so at a reporting session of the Feminist Circle I was telling the
sisters that ‘you know what . . . I'm going to Pretoria
this evening and all this time I didn't pleasure myself because
I wanted to reserve the energies for my husband!' But these
are things we are saying that you have to be comfortable talking
is your most treasured possession?
My laptop, all my information is on it.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When you feel that life has no meaning, and you want to
take your life.
have any strange hobbies?
I love to shop for baby clothes.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
My flat bottom, but I'm coming to terms with it.
We've discussed it in the Feminist Circle and I'm learning
to accept it.
. . . Interviewer:
But don't you think that in not liking your flat bottom
you are subjecting your self to a patriarchal view of female beauty?
Yes! But having
a baby has transformed that. She looks just like me and I think
she is the most beautiful girl, so I must be beautiful too!
is your greatest extravagance?
I've lived a simple life, but lately I've been buying
a lot of nice bed linen.
have you got in your fridge?
Yoghurt and fruits for my baby.
is your greatest fear?
Losing a loved one.
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
Trips to Pretoria to visit my husband with my baby.
are your heroes in real life?
I celebrate the life of my mother. She is a very strong
woman. She has eleven children and I'm the last-born. She
was very supportive. She gave me this name and she allowed me to
and where were you happiest?
When my baby started walking. You know they do all sorts
of things in your absence, and you hear from other people. But seeing
it for yourself is really amazing.
your biggest vice?
I don't have any.
were you like at school?
I was confused; I was never given a post from grade one
to form six. Teachers thought I was a quiet person, others thought
there was something inside of me. I was naughty. I was not very
are you doing next?
I'm working on getting my driver's licence.
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