Comedian Trevor Noah has once again recounted the difficulties of growing up as a child of a mixed-race relationship‚ saying his father’s name is not even on his birth certificate.
In an extract from his book‚ Born a Crime and Other Stories‚ Noah opens up about his relationship with his father.
He writes about how his mother asked his father (a German/ Swiss expat) to help her have a child and how‚ when he was born‚ she had to lie that his father was from Swaziland.
"My father isn’t on my birth certificate. Officially‚ he’s never been my father‚" Noah writes in the extract‚ published in Drum.
He also remembers how the family would sometimes try to visit the park‚ but had to hide the fact that they were together because of the strict apartheid laws of the time.
"My mother tells me that once‚ when I was a toddler‚ my dad tried to go with us. We were in the park‚ he was walking a good bit away from us‚ and I ran after him‚ screaming‚ "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!" People started looking. He panicked and ran away. I thought it was a game and kept chasing him‚" Noah writes.
He said he would spend Sunday afternoons watching Formula 1 racing with his father‚ but that this eventually stopped and his father moved to Cape Town.
After a lengthy and difficult search‚ Noah eventually tracked down his father.
He told Late Night With Seth Meyers earlier this year that his father had never watched him perform live. But in his book he says he discovered during their reunion that his father has followed his career all along.
"While I was eating he went to pick up this book‚ an over-sized photo album‚ and he brought it back to the table. ‘I’ve been following you‚’ he said‚ and opened it up. It was a scrapbook of everything I had ever done‚ every time my name was mentioned in a newspaper‚ everything from magazine covers to the tiniest club listing.
"He smiled broadly as he took me through it‚ looking at the headlines. It was everything I could do not to start crying. It felt like this 10-year gap in my life closed right up in an instant‚" Noah writes.