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Added on 12/02/2006
Historic profile of Mpezeni Khumalo: Mpezeni was born in Bulawayo in about 1880, the second of the four 'royal' sons of Lobengula who survived into the white settler Occupation period. His mother was Lomalongwe, according to Ntabeni Khumalo, she was the most important wife after Lozigeyi and consequently Mpezeni might have been chosen to succeed his father Lobengula ............read the full article of Mpezeni Khumalo here
Added on 10/02/2006
Historic profile of Sidojiwa Khumalo: Sidojiwa was born at Nsindeni in about 1888, the youngest of the four 'royal' sons of Lobengula who survived into the White Settler Occupation period. His mother was Ngotsha, a sister of Lozigeyi Dhlodhlo, she was presumably one of the younger wives as she lived on as a pensioner until 1955............ read full article of the historic profile of Sidojiwa Khumalo here
Added on 05/02/2006
The Khumalo royal family: The relatives of Lobengula Khumalo and close associates of the royal Khumalo Family after the British White Occupation of Zimbabwe have hardly been covered in historic documentation. With descriptions of Lobengula last royal sons (Sidojiwa, Mpezeni, Njube and Nguboyenja), to his cousins and the Khumalo family praise singer, this article sheds light in that area.........read the full article on the Khumalo royal family here.
Added on 31/01/2006
Historic profile of Father Prestage: Father Peter Prestage, born and educated in London England, he joined missionary work of the Jesuits in Africa, working first in South Africa then Zimbabwe. He witnessed the Ndebele raid on Victoria (Masvingo) on the 9th of July 1893, and had a special interest in the fall of the Ndebele State because of the failure of the Jesuits to make the converts among the Ndebele, due to its system of government. He died at Empandeni, Matebeleland Zimbabwe................. Read the full article of the historic profile of Father Peter Prestage
Added on 24/01/2006
The Fall of King Lobengula: Evelyn Waugh, who visited Bulawayo and the Matopos in 1964, likened the Matabele King to a deeply tragic figure from Shakespeare, combining as he did elements of Lear, Macbeth and Richard 11. It is an apt comment evoking, as it does, the picture of a figure, irreversibly caught up in the toils of history and singled out by the Fates for Nemesis. During the height of his powers, Lobengula ruled over some of southern Africa's richest and most sought after lands.....read the full article on the fall of King Lobengula
Added on 18/01/2006
Trail Guide to Khami Ruins: The area around Khami has a long history of occupation. Stone Age hunter-gatherers lived in the area long before the stone walls belonging to the Iron Age town were built. By the end of the first millennium A.D. a village, belonging to iron and pottery using farmers, had become established on and around a rocky outcrop known as Leopard's Kopje to the north of the river...... read the full article on the Trail Guide to Khami Ruins here.
Added on 14/01/2006
Ndebele Religious / cultural beliefs:  Ndebele religious and cultural practice became a hybrid of the beliefs and practices of the various peoples that made up the society. However it is important to give a profile of Ndebele culture as a product of cultural practice in Zululand..... This was the practice of the Zansi, the original Ndebele who left Zululand with Mzilikazi. Ndebele culture was centered on certain religious rituals...... read the full article on Ndebele religious / cultural beliefs here
Added on 09/01/2006
Matabele - Ndebele Social Structure: The way in which Mzilikazi built his Ndebele Kingdom as a result of the need for it to grow in numbers beyond the just the mere 300 people, that he left with when he was fleeing from Tshaka, through raids and assimilation of youths and women. In order to be able maintain the culture and beliefs of his people, Mzilikazi stratified his kingdom into three distinct groups or classes...... read the full article of the Matabele - Ndebele Social Structure here
Added on 07/01/2006
Ndebele and the Christianity religion: The Ndebele had first contact with Christian missionaries when Mzilikazi consented to the London Missionary Society’s coming to Zimbabwe. Mzilikazi consented to the coming of the missionaries led by Robert Moffat in 1867 strictly for non religious purposes. King Mzilikazi had hoped to use the missionaries as agents for trade with white traders from South Africa........ read the full article on the Ndebele and the Christianity religion
Added on 05/01/2006
Overview of Changes in Ndebele Religion: When Mzilikazi settled in the area now known as Zimbabwe with his Zansi (the original people that left Zululand) they changed their approach to their rainmaking ceremonies. They started killing a number of oxen and burning sweet smelling plants and firewood, all lit up with a fire made from rubbing sticks together....... read the full article on the changes in Ndebele religion here
Added on 01/01/2006
Profile of Sekuru Kagubi: Gumboreshumba (meaning: The foot / claws of a lion) also known as Kagubi, lived in Chikwaka's Kraal in the Goromonzi Hill, near Harare Zimbabwe. He was obviously a man of some substance in the area. He was married to a daughter of Chief Mashonganyika whose kraal was some three miles to the south of the Goromonzi Hill and he also had wives from the kraal of headman Gondo which is also in the vicinity of Goromonzi Hill............... History of Kaguvi can be found here.