When you are exploring African Spirituality you are inevitably dealing with different aspects of identity and when it comes to issues of identity, there’s no other topic more contentious to black South Africans than the issue of Surnames. In fact, matters relating to surnames have seen entire families disintegrating into animosity, bitterness, and anger.

In this episode, I explore what exactly IS a surname? How did our surnames come about and how did they evolve to become such a crucial component of our social and spiritual identity?

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