In Ebrahim Patelâ€™s, The world of Nat Nakasa: A collection of letters, Nathaniel Nakasaâ€™s term â€˜Native of Nowhereâ€™ describes Nakasaâ€™s experience of leaving South Africa on an exit permit. Negotiating his classification as an aggressor of the state, Nakasaâ€™s expression signals his confrontation with his expendability as a Native in a country founded on the use of Blackness as Blackbodies that prop up white supremacy and rule. â€˜Native of Nowhereâ€™ here details how historically white universities in South Africa perpetuate ontological negations, through denying Blackness in institutions formerly reserved for whiteness. Through an analysis that implicitly posits education as a public good, I argue for the use of education as an emancipatory tool. Using Jean-Paul Sartreâ€™s Being and Nothingness to analyse negation, I develop the â€˜Native of Nowhereâ€™ to articulate a critical pedagogy, which delivers on the emancipatory potential of education.
â€˜Our countryâ€™s strong, our countryâ€™s young, and her greatest songs are still unsungâ€™.
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