Zemk’inkomo Magwalandini


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by Satyo

Zemk’ inkomo magwalandini is a rich collection of isiXhosa poetry, clan praises, essarys and proverbs. This book also gives excellent descriptions of certain rituals that were and are, to some extent, still practised by certain Nguni people. These materials were composed by many outstanding fighters for the freedom of African people from cultural domination. The title of this book means, ‘There goes your heritage, you cowards’. It is a clarion call to Africans to African renewal as far back as 1906. When reading this book, critical learners will also note a proximity in among the Nguni language group. The use of language gives one a clear picture of how the life was in the nineteen century and what did the people of that time think about their lives.