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Hear an Exclusive Clip From Trevor Noah's New Book, 'Born a Crime'

Trevor Noah narrates a story about his mother's “faith-based obstinacy” in this clip from The Daily Show host’s new book, ‘Born a Crime’

Tomorrow, Trevor Noah will officially add “author” to his CV with the release of his first book, a collection of 18 personal essays centered around The Daily Show host’s childhood in South Africa at the tail end of apartheid and the precarious days of “freedom” that followed.


The 304-page memoir, Born a Crime, is getting a simultaneous audiobook narrated by Noah himself. In a new clip premiering exclusively on Okayafrica today, we get to better understand Noah’s relationship with his eccentric Xhosa mother.

Patricia Noah, we learn, is a religious woman. She’s also a very stubborn woman. In the short anecdote below, Noah tells of playing devil’s advocate to his mother’s “faith-based obstinacy.”

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The print and audio versions of 'Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood' are out this Tuesday via Penguin Random House’s Spiegel & Grau and Audible Studios respectively.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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