14 Nov Meet Eminem – story of a local from the Malawi Nation
You can only get to know a country by meeting its locals.
I’d like to introduce you to Eminem from Lake Malawi.
The joy in giving themselves nicknames
He introduced himself as Eminem. “He has the same story to share”, was his explanation. Eminem, who’s actual name is Hussen, is a 25 year old local from Malawi. He was born and raised at Cape Maclear, which is a Peninsula at Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa. When I traveled to Malawi, Eminem wasn’t the exception for someone we got to know that introduced themselve with a strange name. We met locals with the funniest names and the most hilarious explanations ever… We ran into Chicken Pizza, Sweet Pineapple, Planet, Joe Banana and Cheese on Toast – just to mention a few. Why is someone’s nickname ‘Cheese on Toast’ you ask? Well, he simply likes cheese on toast. Eminem´s explanation was a bit weird though – “His parents got divorced when he was 2 years old. His mother abandoned him, moved to Lilongwe and so Eminem got raised by his father”. For anyone that doesn’t know the story of the rapper Eminem (and to be honest I didn’t know the story either), he was abandoned by his father and raised by his mother – the ‘opposite’ of what happened to Eminem aka Hussen from Malawi.
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