What a blessing Khanyi Mbau has been: comedian Khanyisa Bunu

Khanyisa Bunu, the opening act for Trevor Noah's upcoming SA show, on why women are like the weather and it's pointless to teach girls to 'sit properly'

06 August 2017 - 00:00 By Shanthini Naidoo

It's good to be a girl. We get all the attention from the very beginning, which is exciting and frustrating at the same time. See ... you are told to sit properly, walk in a certain way and dress not-too-revealingly.
Sit properly for who? For what? Look at me, I have grown to be a stand-up comedian ... what a waste of my precious time being taught how to sit properly. I hope I stand properly on stage.
Did I mention I was a school teacher? I didn't do much sitting even then, except of course when I was lazy and the principal was not looking ... ha ha ha I hope my former principal is not reading this.
I was a geography teacher, only because I wanted to teach people about the weather. They say girls are moody and all, we change like the weather. Ever wonder why they name cyclones after us? Well now you know.
Geography has taught me we women have so much in common with the weather. Temperature, well that's obvious. Rain, our tears. We cry for all the men that dumped us and all those that are about to dump us. Wind, our anger and screams. Air pressure, it's like the pressure of the society forcing us to keep slim, even though I love my food so much, it creates a conflict. Rocks, you strike us, you strike a rock. Sometimes we will throw those rocks at you - just steer clear.
There are only few of us girls in the comedy industry. Come August everyone wants to book us. Thank you Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph and the gang for marching to the Union Buildings.My role model is Khanyi Mbau. She paved the way for women to take the word "blesser" out of church into our houses, right into our bedrooms.
She created equality, Khanyi. For decades women earned much less than men but still we built better homes - by being supported by married men. She showed us we are good at sharing too. 
• Khanyisa Bunu is the support act for Trevor Noah's show 'There's a Gupta on my Stoep', which is taking place in Joburg on August 9-11 and Durban on August 13 .

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