I thoroughly enjoyed localising “The New Girl Code” and I think it has the potential to shift conversations on tech for the better amongst young girls in South Africa. What I particularly appreciated about the process was the opportunity to create a landscape rooted in SA, with representational characters and where a young girl “Tumi Letsatsi” could be the protagonist in a narrative about coding. I hope that the character and story will inspire many young people to no longer view coding as a boring thing to do but as an invaluable and fun skill that has the potential to change your life.
~ Buhle Ngaba – editor TNGC South Africa
Tumi Letsatsi is a 15-year old melanin kween living in Rondebosch, Cape Town. Her favourite colour is yellow, she is still trying to figure out how not to dent her afro on the bus, and how one goes about (ahem!) “French kissing”. She’s a little awkward and a lot uncertain about her future, friendships and how to put together a cool outfit! But then she stumbles across the magic of coding and creates an app called “Project Prep” that goes viral and rockets her and her friends to fame. Then everything starts to fall apart as she deals with a catfish who befriends her and steals her code, nasty rumours at school and the newfound attention of a crush.