No Life of My Own recounts the life of one of the leading figures in the Christian resistance to apartheid.
Beginning with his childhood growing up black under an oppressive system, and continuing through to his call to the Christian ministry, Frank Chikane tells of his family’s increasing involvement in the struggle against apartheid, the disapproval and suspension he faced from his own church, and the harrowing detention, harassment, torture and exile he endured.
Chikane relates his return to South Africa, despite the threat of further detention and death, to continue the fight for freedom. Through it all one thing remains clear: this is a man whose faith compels and sustains him in a courageous and selfless journey towards freedom.
First published by Skotaville in South Africa in 1988, this compelling autobiography is revised and updated to include the key events and political and social landscapes that have shaped Chikane’s life since 1988.