Trevor Noah on growing up during apartheid

2016-10-26 10:18
Trevor Noah (Photo: Getty)
Trevor Noah (Photo: Getty)

Cape Town - Trevor Noah – who most recently pulled out of his hosting duties at the MAMAs 2016 – wrote a beautiful piece for the New York Times in which he opens up about his childhood in South Africa during apartheid. 

In the long-ish read, written from a first person perspective, The Daily Show Host says that his mother showed him life beyond apartheid long before the oppressive regime actually ended. 

Noah also talks about growing up in the Johannesburg suburb of Eden Park with his mother’s beaten up Volkswagen and going for picnics with simple sandwiches. "There was none of the fanfare of a picnic basket or plates or anything like that, only baloney and brown bread and margarine sandwiches wrapped up in butcher paper."

The most surprising part of the piece is when Trevor writes about driving a car when he was six-years-old: "On the commute to work and school, there was a long stretch of the road into town that was completely deserted. That’s where my mom would let me drive. On the highway. I was 6."

Here’s Trevor’s Facebook post about the piece: