Parents are presumed to know best for their children but they are way off base, for telling them to go to school so that they can get a good J-O-B.
They should know by now that rich and famous does not mean people with an education. It means folks who have make-up artists to prepare them for the camera.Names used to have tails, to tell the world about college diplomas or degrees. Somebody will be called Janet Jones B.A. B.Sc. M.Ed. The practice is not so common anymore because they realised that nobody cares and the tails don’t improve their pageviews or bank balances.
We Google folks who do things in front of the camera. They act in big screen and small screen movies, lip-sync their songs in music videos, play sports, read news, talk about Jesus on T.V., have staged shows called reality TV, assistants who don’t say a word on TV, just smile at presenters, folks who don’t like clothes at all and whatever the case may be.
The key is the camera. Therefore, parents should give kids only one piece of advice.
‘Listen up Credit May. Good things in life happen to those that live in the public eye. Scratch that, camera eye.
‘Mama, why did you give me that name, Credit May?’
Nonqaba waka Msimang is the author of Sweetness, a South African novel.