A Black Perspective by Nakedi Ribane
From the Foreword written by Zakes Mda.
After expressing the hope that one day Nakedi will write on the story of ‘indigenous beauty products’, he goes on to say:
"Such research would help correct the erroneous notions into which we have been socialized by colonialism that beauty and it’s appreciation came to us from the West.
Unfortunately the West does not understand the notion of loving something so much that you don’t want to own it. When they didn’t find any flowers in the vases in our houses they concluded that our aesthetics sensibilities were so stunted that we did not recognize the beauty of the flowers. They did not realize that we loved flowers, but only when they were in their natural environment. We wrote poems and songs about them and named our daughters after them. We loved their beauty so much that we did not want to own it. This, of course, was beyond their comprehension because their civilization socialized them into enslaving all that was beautiful, and selfishly possessing it, thus destroying it in the process.”