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Khaya Dlanga has established himself as one of the most influential individuals in South African media, particularly social media, a platform he uses to promote discussion on topics that range from the frivolous to the profound. In To Quote Myself, Khaya recounts entertaining and moving stories about his roots and upbringing in rural Transkei, how he made his mark at schoo Khaya Dlanga has established himself as one of the most influential individuals in South African media, particularly social media, a platform he uses to promote discussion on topics that range from the frivolous to the profound. In To Quote Myself, Khaya recounts entertaining and moving stories about his roots and upbringing in rural Transkei, how he made his mark at school as well as his time spent studying advertising and as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his political views, how he overcame homelessness to become one of the most influential marketers in South Africa and he gives the reader a dose of the truly weird and wonderful that is routinely a part of his life.


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Khaya Dlanga has established himself as one of the most influential individuals in South African media, particularly social media, a platform he uses to promote discussion on topics that range from the frivolous to the profound. In To Quote Myself, Khaya recounts entertaining and moving stories about his roots and upbringing in rural Transkei, how he made his mark at schoo Khaya Dlanga has established himself as one of the most influential individuals in South African media, particularly social media, a platform he uses to promote discussion on topics that range from the frivolous to the profound. In To Quote Myself, Khaya recounts entertaining and moving stories about his roots and upbringing in rural Transkei, how he made his mark at school as well as his time spent studying advertising and as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his political views, how he overcame homelessness to become one of the most influential marketers in South Africa and he gives the reader a dose of the truly weird and wonderful that is routinely a part of his life.

30 review for To Quote Myself: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dwayne Bailey

    I enjoyed the journey through Khaya's life. I guess to be honest I want to know his mother better. What made this woman sacrifice so much, what gave her such drive to make sure her kids got the best education possible? Khaya's sense of humour shines through everything. The way he deals with racism is powerful, uplifting and disarming. When Khaya says something you listen, even if its a twitter msg. Read the book and find out why its worth listening to and laughing with Khaya.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sipho Lukhele

    This book was an unusual eye opener for me to a lot of thing's. The big one being the ignorance from my side. I always assumed Khaya had it easy and never thought he worked as hard as he did to get where he is today. All thanks to his visionary mom and good education to an extent. Below is what I loved best from the book: How can two people who started off in life from the same place, the same village and school, end up leading such completely different lives? It is not always our brilliance that This book was an unusual eye opener for me to a lot of thing's. The big one being the ignorance from my side. I always assumed Khaya had it easy and never thought he worked as hard as he did to get where he is today. All thanks to his visionary mom and good education to an extent. Below is what I loved best from the book: How can two people who started off in life from the same place, the same village and school, end up leading such completely different lives? It is not always our brilliance that take us out of poverty. Good luck and parents who see further than others are also key - only then does hard work come into play.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andiswa M

    I have never read Khaya's first book and it had nothing to do with its size just never got to it,however i couldn't have read to 'quote myself' at a better time.From the moment i picked it i couldn't put it down.Hes Khaya and hes uniquely funny yet drives the point straight home.I couldn't help but be in awe of how hard he worked to be where he is today, I mean a boy from Dutyeni.Its amazing how poverty can drive one to be the better version of themselves forging through against all the odds.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Monique Snyman

    Memoirs about South African celebrities doesn't, in my opinion and according to my personal tastes, exactly scream: "Read me!" I mean, they're a dime a dozen, and they rarely do anything for me on a personal level, so I tend to steer clear. As a reviewer, however, they sometimes cross my desk, and I sometimes have to suck it up and read the damn book. I'll be honest, I've been putting off reading To Quote Myself by Khaya Dlanga for over a year ... It's not that I have anything against the author Memoirs about South African celebrities doesn't, in my opinion and according to my personal tastes, exactly scream: "Read me!" I mean, they're a dime a dozen, and they rarely do anything for me on a personal level, so I tend to steer clear. As a reviewer, however, they sometimes cross my desk, and I sometimes have to suck it up and read the damn book. I'll be honest, I've been putting off reading To Quote Myself by Khaya Dlanga for over a year ... It's not that I have anything against the author, because I don't even know the guy, it's just the bloody genre! Anyway, so I have the first edition (the one that's made it onto the list of getting stolen out of bookstores and libraries the most in 2015), and it was tucked into one of my review mountains for ages ... Then, Pan Macmillan SA sent me the second edition, and I knew it was time ... So, I read it, and believe it or not, I actually enjoyed it a lot! Often, I found myself laughing at the stories, or saying out loud: "True that," or: "I feel you," or just plain: "Wow." It's a fun read at times, a bit darker at others. It's also much shorter than I anticipated, and just pulls the reader into the world of a South African social celeb. Not only did I get a glimpse of Khaya Dlanga's life, but I got to know him a little better outside the internet. Because life's not all sunshine and roses, you know? Do I regret having put To Quote Myself off for so long? Yes, definitely. It's an insightful little book with a lot of LOL moments, but I also learned a lot. Does it mean I'm going to willingly pick up other memoirs by South African celebs? Err ... if it's got something to do with rugby or politics, count me out. Truth be told, memoirs - in general - isn't my thing. That said, I really wouldn't mind if Khaya Dlanga wrote something else. He's got a unique outlook on life that would translate exceptionally well into works of fiction. Readers who are looking for something captivating and full of life lessons will find To Quote Yourself an enjoyable, fulfilling read. It's definitely one of the most recommendable books I've got on my bookshelf. Review originally posted on:

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cassey

    An enjoyable read that's a reminder of a few things. The most important being that everyone has a story to tell. And the other that to succeed you need more than luck, you need luck with handwork, talent and tenacity.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Unathi

    I am Khaya in some ways and Mongezi in others'. It is only because I don't why I would be crying, that I am not crying, yet somehow this book makes me want to wail and holler out loud.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Luzuka

    Khaya's writing is honest, reflective and funny. I can see why he has done so well for himself in the advertising world. It has given great insight into what it takes to overcome obstacles. Hard work is key, but without support and advocacy and luck, hard work will just leave you tired and probably still in front of that obstacle. Thanks for sharing your journey with us Khaya. I have learnt some things that I'd love to try out. I also see you in a different light. Here's to more success, so that Khaya's writing is honest, reflective and funny. I can see why he has done so well for himself in the advertising world. It has given great insight into what it takes to overcome obstacles. Hard work is key, but without support and advocacy and luck, hard work will just leave you tired and probably still in front of that obstacle. Thanks for sharing your journey with us Khaya. I have learnt some things that I'd love to try out. I also see you in a different light. Here's to more success, so that you can write that second and third book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I read this on the recommendation of Trevor Noah. It was obviously written for a South African audience. There were lots of words and phrases I didn't recognize. It didn't distract too much from the story. An interesting look at South Africa. It didn't dwell much on the political situation. More one man's life in another country.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Quick read - enjoyable

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vusi

    This is a story that had to be told.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nassir Ali

    A captivating memoir with many lessons to be learnt.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Siyamthanda Skota

    This star rating business is quite tricky at times because this book is not on the same level as the books I've given a 3 star rating before. But it also does not deserve a 2 star rating. *sigh*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Coin

    Finally finished this book after a reading half of it in three hours then taking a two-month break because I couldn't get over THAT EMO PART.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nandipha Zele

    very interesting read about Khaya Dlanga's success and life

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hloni Dlamini

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kris

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vuyo

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christo Mokhesi

  19. 4 out of 5

    Portia Nyokana

  20. 5 out of 5

    Seipati

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bongani

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tilly Ngope

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sibulele Mahlakata

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lungile Mashele

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rirhandzu Risenga

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aldo Tembe

  28. 5 out of 5

    Boitumelo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Thelma Melk

  30. 5 out of 5

    Agbonmire

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