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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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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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