FHYA curation of Magema Magwaza Fuze's Abantu Abamnyama, Lapa Bavela Ngakona

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[Source - Chloe Rushovich for FHYA, 2022, using material provided by Hlonipha Mokoena and the FHYA team: Magema Magwaza Fuze's "Abantu Abamnyama, Lapa Bavela Ngakona" was the first ever published isiZulu text that was written by a Zulu author. The book recounts the history of the Zulu kingdom as recalled by Magema Fuze, based on his own vast knowledge and experience, from the time of Shaka until the death of Dinuzulu in 1913. A further section contains ethnographical descriptions of the people of the Zulu kingdom and their social practices. A third section contains information on the origins of black people in south-east Africa. The book was written by Fuze, probably during the early years of the first decade of the of the twentieth century and 1922. It is believed to have been all but completed long before it was finally published by City Printing Work in Pietermaritzburg in 1922. A translation of the book, titled "Black People and whence they came: A Zulu View", translated by H.C. Lugg and edited by A.T. Cope, was published by the University of Natal Press in 1979. 2022 marks both the anniversary of the publication of "Abantu Abamnyama, Lapa Bavela Ngakona", and the anniversary of Fuze's death. To mark the occasion, the UKZN Press (formerly the University of Natal Press) republished the book, both in the original isiZulu and the English translation. This series currently contains a digitised copy of the original publication of the book, as well as a prospectus for the book.]



FHYA curation of Magema Magwaza Fuze's Abantu Abamnyama, Lapa Bavela Ngakona

[ Source of title : Chloe Rushovich for FHYA ]

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Five Hundred Year Archive (FHYA) Online curation 2022-



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