Makhanda Nxele – Warrior of the 5th Frontier war

Artist impression of Makhanda Nxele - Xhosa Wars Warrior

Makhanda Nxele or Makhanda the prophet (also spelled Makana) (1790 to 1820) was a Xhosa warrior and prophet who, during the Xhosa Wars, led an attack against the British garrison at Grahamstown on the 22nd April 1819. Makanda was born near the coast in the Uitenhage area of the Eastern ...

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AmaQiya lodge claim to AbaThembu kingship

Ngubesizwe Bacela of AmaQiya (AbaThembu - Thembu Kingdom) Eastern Cape Tribe

The AmaQiya tribe, also known as the House of Hlanga, has lodged a claim to the kingship of the AbaThembu. The tribe has dismissed the reigning AmaDlomo royal clan and King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo saying they originate from a lesser house. The tribe said their forefather Hlanga was denied ascendancy to ...

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Rhodes Graduate Tolakele Silo Lightened The Stage With Her Xhosa Dance

A Rhodes University graduate broke the norm at her graduation ceremony in Grahamstown this month when she performed a traditional dance before receiving her degree. When Tolakele Silo’s name was called at the 1820 Settlers National Monument on Saturday, her family ululated and called out the family’s clan names as ...

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AmaXhosa Chief Ngubesizwe Sigcawu dies in accident near Dutywa

AmaXhosa royal houses and the Eastern Cape traditional leaders are mourning the death of one of their own. Chief Mthetho Ngubesizwe Sigcawu – the uncle of AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Sigcawu — who died in a car accident near Dutywa on Monday night, 4 April 2016. Police said that Chief Sigcawu, ...

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AbaThembu King’s saga – Commoner’s view (Andile Ncobo)

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo

I have lost my restraint of not making any comment on the King of AbaThembu saga. I am a commoner. But my father was a very close friend, advisor and counsel to Africa’s longest reigning monarch (at the time of his death), His Majesty, King Xolilizwe Sigcawu of AmaXhosa. This ...

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Mayihlome Tshwete getting married to Zizo Beda in style

Zizo Beda & Mayihlome Tswete wedding Xhosa Traditional Wedding (8)

High-profile celebrities donned their glad rags and rolled up in style to East London’s society wedding of the year when 2006 Miss South Africa Teen Zizo Beda and home affairs spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete said “I do” Umhlobo Wenene host and former Clarendon High School for Girls pupil Beda arrived two ...

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in traditional Xhosa Clothes

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is ANC Political Activist and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, former Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, former President of ANCWL & member of the NEC of the ANC. Winnie Madikizela was born in the village of Mbongweni, Bizana, in the Transkei. She was the fourth of eight children. ...

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Indoni Miss Cultural South Africa 2015

Indoni MISS CULTURAL SA 2015 - Thembu Queen - Nyanisa Komnga (Mamlungu)

Indoni cultural pageant is a medium to teach young people about their cultures and ubuntu in an entertaining and captivating manner. Building up to this pageant we confront and eradicate the social Ills such as teenage pregnancy, HIV/Aids, and the misconceptions of the morden society in Africa through establishing a ...

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Bantu Stephen Biko

Steve Biko, I write what I like - The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed

Bantu Stephen Biko was born in Tylden on the 18th December 1946, the third child of the late Matthew Mzingaye and Alice Nokuzola “Mamcethe” Biko. He attended primary school in King William’s Town and secondary school at Marianhill, a missionary school situated in a town of the same name in ...

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Chief Maqoma ka Ngqika of the Rharhabe Xhosa

Maqoma - Xhosa Resistance to Colonial Advance

Chief Maqoma ka Ngqika ka Rharhabe was born in 1798 in Xesi. He was the Right Hand Son of Ngqika, King of the Rharhabe division of the Xhosa nation. Implacably opposed to his father’s ceding of the land between the Fish and Keiskamma Rivers to the European Settlers of the ...

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