Tumi Morake is the poster child for #BerekaMosadi. As one of the women who broke down the doors for women of colour to own stages in stand-up comedy, she never seems to rest on her laurels. Whether on TV, theatres overseas or taking on racists on radio, Morake is working.
When we meet again, she is, of course, working. She is conducting print, radio and TV interviews all day since she has been announced as one of 47 comedians who are a part of Netflix’s Comedians of the World.
The streaming service recruited four Mzansi comics - Morake, Loyiso Madinga, Riaad Moosa and Loyiso Gola - to represent South Africa. Comedians of the World premiered globally on Tuesday, January 1, and is available on Netflix.
After a phenomenal 2018, I ask Morake how badly she needs a holiday.
“Oh, my gosh!” We just spoke about that,” she says, pointing to the publicists in the room with us. “And I need a real holiday - not one where you must still make your bed and make eggs in the morning. I need the kind of holiday where food is delivered to you. If I could get someone to take me to the loo and bath me, I’d even take that.”