The legacy of leaders – Obakeng Chikane

2012-06-16 12:16

For Obakeng Chikane the classical ‘father-son’ relationship with well-known politician and reverend Frank Chikane only took shape five years ago.

Growing up in what he referred to as a single-parent household at the time where his mother played both roles in the family. Chikane said he saw his father as “a public figure that lived at home” and knew as much about him about as the public did.

After a stranger expressed their understanding of young Chikane’s plight of not knowing his father as he was a father to many others and pillar of the nation, his view of the man changed.

Chikane says the incident made him realise his father had chosen a life that is not of “his own”, one that was bigger than his children and the family.

Because his father spoke through text Obakeng began to understand how the life he lead had unintended consequences that in turn affected the family.

When he finally got to spend time with his father, the little things such as one another’s habits were learnt and greater lessons which included taking responsibility of the community that he was part of.

As part of the ANC Youth League now, Chikane says the decision to be active was influenced by wanting to know what giving himself away for greater good and understaning the people felt like. 


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