Edward Saidi Tingatinga (1932–1972) was a Tanzanian painter, who invented the eponymous painting style. Tingatinga was born in 1932 in a village called Namochelia, near the border with Mozambique. The village no longer exists – it is remembered only as his birthplace. (In a related note, I may have a new goal in life…)  Because his mother was Christian and his father was Muslim, he was two names, one from each tradition. Read more at historical-nonfiction.com

anonymous asked:

hiya my main character is a mixed race girl living in the UK. her father is romanian (which is super important for later on) and I wanted her mother to be black as ive never written a black protagonist before. I've made her mother South African but somebody sent me an anon about how it's not realistic for her mother to have come to the UK and met a Romanian guy because of South Africas history. I was a bit confused about this and was wondering if you could clarify what they mean? Thank you!:)

Black South African woman living in the UK and having a child with a Romanian man

I am not South African, so I can’t really answer this question. The falling in love part obviously doesn’t have to be a problem, but perhaps there are some problems with the mobility of Black people during apartheid. Too bad that they were on anon, else you could have asked them to explain why. 

Maybe someone from South Africa might have some more insight to add as to the country’s history and how it could affect a Black woman’s mobility.

~ Mod Alice