Eddie Graham and Adoption


Graham was adopted by his aunt and uncle when he was five, after his birth parents died. His sister was adopted by their grandmother. The family were well-to-do dairy farmers near Johannesburg, and had two born-to children. His adoptive father died when he was eight. His relationship with his mother was never very satisfactory, and his reunion with his birth sister did not result in a lasting relationship.

After school he went into the retail trade, selling musical instruments and then clothing, but he is now a fashionable body-piercer in Johannesburg.


Johnson, Angella. "Piercing: Whatever Makes You Happy." [Includes portrait]. Electronic Mail & Guardian [Johannesburg], 23 June 1997. Available at: