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Xhosa chief to be honoured

COLONIAL TIMES: Chief Makhanda Makana kaNxele. Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi

The Albany Museum will honour chief Makhanda Makana kaNxele through a public lecture scheduled to take place in Tshabo village in Berlin near East London tomorrow.

Makhanda kaNxele was born in Uitenhage 192 years ago. Tshabo is where the descendants of Makana still reside under the leadership of chief Zwelivuziwe Makinana who is a direct descendant of Ndlambe.

Nxele was Ndlambe’s counsellor. He was a Xhosa warrior and prophet who fought against the colonial regime in Grahamstown.

He promised his people that he would return after his arrest following the Battle of Grahamstown in 1819.

However he never returned as he drowned off the coast of Robben Island in 1820 while trying to escape.

The Makana local municipality in Grahamstown is named after Nxele and so is Makana street in Langa, Cape Town.

“The ukuza kukaNxele public lecture is part of a broader provincial and national government initiative to transform museums and is also a contribution to the Liberation Heritage Route initiative,” said Albany Museum communications officer, Zongezile Matshoba.

The project is funded by the National Heritage Council, a body responsible for heritage conservation at national level.”

Matshoba said the public lecture will be delivered by Prof Julia Wells, who is a councillor in the Makana municipality and a history professor at Rhodes University.

Wells is also a board member of the Albany Museum and an author of a recently launched book, The Return of Makhanda: Exploring the Legend.

The lecture will mark 192 years of Nxele’s death and will also be a celebration of the bravery displayed by heroes of the wars of dispossession.

The public lecture will be followed by an exhibition which is planned for next year at the museum.

Sithandiwe Velaphi

Source : http://www.thenewage.co.za

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