Comedian Tumi Morake shared her life story in her book And Then Mamma Said...In the book, she told of how she had to drop out of university, but returned 6 years later so she could make herself and her mother proud.
Tumi Morake has such a bubbly and lively personality, that you'd never think she ever experienced disappointment or sadness.
Actually, she had her fair share, she just handled it with dignity and chose to be the kind of person who does not let life keep her down.
In her book And Then Mamma Said..., Tumi tells her stories on how she became to be the person she is today.
TimesLIVE shared an extract of the book, and Briefly.co.za gathered from it that Tumi had to drop out of university, only to return and finish her degree 6 years later.
Tumi tells of how she had a lot of debt, and could not register for a new year, even after 2 loans from Wits University.
By 2003, I was deeply in debt to the university. I had applied twice already for a loan from Wits, and had now run out of lifelines. I did not even have enough to register for a new year, even if I could raise the money I owed.
I had seen it coming, but it still left me demoralised. I could not come this close to my degree and have the opportunity snatched so easily from me. I wanted to do this one thing for myself and my mother, so I decided against staying in Thaba Nchu. I had a better chance of finding my way into the industry by living in Johannesburg...but I wanted that degree.
Despite knowing she'd feel like the odd one out, Tumi did return after 6 years, and finished her degree.
I wanted to avoid the ‘But Mom, you never finished your degree, why should I finish mine?’ argument that could happen with my son in the future. Also, I wanted to finish the degree for my mother, so she could say she had a graduate in the family. I wanted to gift my mother this degree. She had loved my overconfidence in applying to a single university, and I had to deliver.
However, her mother could not be there when she graduated because she was in hospital.
When my letter of graduation arrived, I took it to Mama with the delight of a schoolkid. Her first graduate. Normally she would not have missed my graduation ceremony for the world, but by the time it occurred in 2011, she had already been hospitalised. She had been looking forward to this day ever since I told her I had finally completed the damn thing, and I could tell that she was heartbroken to miss it.
Tumi admitted she had to fight back tears when she received her degree without seeing her mother's face in the crowd.
Graduating just did not carry the same meaning without my mother there. I fought back tears when my name was called, and I walked across that stage without hearing my mother cheer me on.
And Then Mamma Said... is available in bookstores across the country.
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