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21 Questions with Sandisiwe Shoba

Daily Maverick Journalist, Sandisiwe Shoba, answers 21 questions for Maverick Insider

Sandisiwe Shoba

Daily Maverick Journalist

Sophiatown before the forced removals. Reading about the cultural renaissance that blossomed there in the thick of the evils of apartheid is captivating.

Making coffee. That seems to be an important skill in Cape Town.

A close friend of mine. I won’t name him because he’ll turn into an awkward turtle if I do.

All the Tekken video games from when I was a kid.

Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Esperanza Spalding and Ernest Hemingway

Still Wonder by Moonchild.

How precious my family is, and not having to deal with ‘maskne’ (mask acne).

Depends on whether they appreciated it, but I once bought someone a vacuum cleaner.

A relaxing weekend away for my birthday.

I was playing keys for the first time in my church band and in the middle of the set, the stand gave out and the keyboard came crashing to the ground. I was already extremely nervous and just stood there staring at the ground. Luckily a few friends came to my rescue…

Comparison is a progressive illness. Avoid it at all costs.

Tough one. I’ll have to go with Charmed.

Summer, hands down.

My mom – I know, cliché. But she embodies the strength, resilience, beauty and quiet fragility of black women, who in my eyes are this country’s national treasure.

Vegan cheese. The stuff is an abomination.