AUTHOR: LESEGO TLHABI
PUBLISHED: 4 SEPTEMBER 2019
PUBLISHER: JONATHAN BALL
GENRES: HUMOUR, FICTION, PARODY
GIRL BOSS RATING: 4,2/5
Coconut Kelz also known as Lesego Tlhabi is a comedian using her platform to discuss pressing issues in SA. She is highly misunderstood by a lot of South Africans because her style is different. However, if you’ve been following her on the socials, you’ll understand she is a satirical comedian.
GUIDE TO SURVIVING THIS SHITHOLE, HILARIOUS! Coconut Kelz is a young Caucasian woman trapped in a black woman’s body. Her place of safety is Sandton and literally makes sure she stays within that area. She strongly supports the DA and follows their political standpoint. This book is a great way to shed light on the racial and class tensions in South Africa. It also can teach those who turn a blind eye to racism to wake up and smell the coffee, racism still exists in South Africa.
Her guide touches on:
- Why you should stay in the suburbs, the perfect suburb and how to host your fellow suburban neighbours.
- How to catch the perfect white man, in perfect white spaces and emphasis on speaking eloquently by elongating your vowels.
- What is in your lunchbox and are you about that Woolworths water life.
- Her favorite political parties and why they are so important.
- Lastly, tips on how to not to pass the line of caucus (have a read if you’d like to know what that is).
How did I feel about this book?
I enjoyed this book, I think it’s really worth the read. I enjoyed how it sheds light on social and political problems in South Africa. So, if you are someone who isn’t really clued up on politics, this will teach you a lot. It also highlights so much about white privilege and how some white people shy away from that reality “No, come on, man, it has been 25 years. They must get over it” and “ I’m not being racist, but…”.
So whilst many black South Africans take offence to Kelz, she is actually holding a mirror to white privilege and the advantages white South Africans have, and yet they complain the most. And perhaps challenges black people to actually do something about the white privilege that they continue to enjoy!
It is refreshing and about time that we have a young, black, female comedian that is killing it. I think that to a certain extent she is catching a lot of flack because she is female, and South Africans need to get used to a young, black, female comedian. She is definitely pushing boundaries and being a #GirlBoss
Go buy it and support local. You won’t be disappointed. It retails for R200 at Exclusive Books.