Anti-apartheid activist is preserving South Africa’s past to protect the future

Anti-apartheid activist is preserving South Africa’s past to protect the future

- Omar Badsha opposed apartheid through photography and art

- He's using the same mediums to preserve South Africa's history

- Through this, he hopes to preserve freedom

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A former anti-apartheid activist is using his talent as an artist and photographer to preserve South Africa's history.

73-year-old Omar Badsha was introduced to the anti-apartheid struggle at an early age because activists met at his father's house, gathered.

The apartheid government denied him a passport to study art abroad. In addition, it banned some of his works, including his first book of photographs titled Letter to Farzanah.

Badsha also refused to display his work in segregated galleries. His works depict the lives of South African people, including children, of all races and backgrounds during apartheid.

When he joined the trade union movement, he focused more on photography. His emotive images have been displayed worldwide and have won a multitude of awards.

One of these awards is an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University.

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In an interview with Beautiful News, Badsha said his mission is to protect South Africa's freedom and future by reminding South Africans of their past. He said:

We came out of a society where our history was actually erased, totally, not recognised. But we turned it around during the anti-apartheid struggle.

Badsha founded South Africa's History Online, a nonprofit project that documents the country's chequered history. It is the largest website of its kind in Africa.

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