Black Lover by Stanley Makuwe (Auckland, New Zealand)
6 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2021
Black Lover by Stanley Makuwe
We must make it possible for every individual to lead the good life, to win a place in the sun. We are in danger of becoming a race of fear-ridden neurotics – we who live in the finest country on Earth.
Ex-pat New Zealander Sir Garfield Todd said these words in his farewell speech as Prime Minister of Rhodesia in 1958. Ousted for being a “Black Lover”, his ongoing fight for racial equality led to his house arrest in 1965.
Confined to his home, with the Civil War raging close by, Todd and his family’s cook, Steady, discuss the fate of Rhodesia, their family’s uncertain future, and the urgent matter of how to provide diabetic Todd with the insulin he desperately needs to survive.
Zimbabwean-born psychologist and playwright Stanley Makuwe migrated to New Zealand in 2002. Black Lover places a forgotten Kiwi hero under the spotlight, while providing a timely reminder of how one person with strong principles can change lives.