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The deejay says being teased about his hand forced him to hide it for years
MULTI-AWARDWINNING producer and DJ, Nkosinathi Maphumulo (41), who is best known as Black Coffee to his fans, has revealed his hand for the first time in public. For years, he hid it in his pocket and there was speculation about what really happened to it.
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Black Coffee, who recently visited Berlin, shared a picture of his injured hand.
He says it's a big achievement for him to be able to walk freely without fear of what people will say.
“This is a big step for me personally. Being able to walk freely without overthinking is such a great achievement. I’m becoming more confident to do it often. We all have little or big things we don’t like about ourselves and we often put ourselves down before other people do. I’m personally working towards breaking those chains in my space and I believe with this, I’m gonna unlock even more opportunities for myself. Don’t let anything pull you down,” says Black Coffee in a Facebook post.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HIS HAND
Black Coffee lost the ability to use his hand following a car accident when he was a child. The accident happened on the eve of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990.
“It was in the early hours of the morning around 3 or 4am - on 11 February. Out of nowhere, I just heard a big sound. It didn’t sound like a car bumping people; it sounded like someone shooting. I heard the sound and it was just dark after that and I went blank,” reveals Black Coffee.
“When I woke up, there was fire. They were burning this guy’s taxi. There were also cars taking
OVERCOMING HIS INSECURITIES
Black Coffee says while growing up, he was teased because of his injured arm. As a result, he decided to stop wearing an arm brace.
“After the car accident, I used to wear one and being a kid, it was hard because kids can be mean. I decided to stop wearing the arm brace, especially in public. It has taken me a long time to appear like this in public because of my own insecurities but I decided to post this picture not just because, for years, people had their own versions of my story. I did this for myself,” he revealed.
PRAISES FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
His fans were happy and inspired by Black Coffee's revelation.
“My first time seeing the hand out of the pocket. Black Coffee, you are a living legend!,” wrote one of the fans.
Another happy fan congratulated him, saying, “I’ve been wanting to see that hand. Well done, Black Coffee!”
He surely is an inspiration to many and he has shared that he feels that his hand has started to heal.
Black Coffee shows off his injured hand during a visit to Berlin people to hospital and I was in one of the cars. I did not know what was happening. For months, doctors didn’t know what was happening until they called in a specialist and found out that there was a damage to the nerves on my shoulder,” he says.