Basha Uhuru Festival kickoff this past Saturday at the Constitutional Hill in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
The festival, celebrating and commemorating the South African youth of 1976, attracted many young people from around the city.
In recent times, there has been a huge debate on African hair or Afro hair and how we as Africans shy away from embracing our natural hair.
One can remember last year’s protests at Pretoria Girls Highschool, where students were protesting to wear their natural hair.
The protest spread like wildfire across the country at schools that were predominantly for white learners, during the Apartheid epoch.
This sparked a debate across the country and overseas, about how colonial rules still police black people in the motherland. Afro hair is one of those topics, that for a number of years, was left untouched even though colonial rule no longer “ruled” the “dark continent.”
Eurocentric looks are still given prominence in African media, even though the target market is predominantly black, however, there has been an awakening among African youth to embrace their natural looks.
At Basha Uhuru Festival, South African’s came in great numbers embracing their African Crown(hair).
“I feel that the kinks, curls, or tight coils in Afro hair is beautiful and unique. No other race on this planet has hair like ours – that makes me proud.” ― Monica Millner, Natural and Free: Journey to Natural Beauty
See the pictures below taken by Neo Motloung: