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Enter the Libilibi December 29, 2013

GOSSIPING is one of the popular activities that idle minds drift into to kill time. It involves casual engagement in discussions about others and it is usually spiced with some falsehoods or unsubstantiated claims. Gossiping is the blood relative of rumour mongering. The Kalanga people seem to have perfected the Read more…

Karanga, Kalanga originally from the same area? December 13, 2013

t is easy to note the linguistic similarities between Kalanga and Karanga languages.  Ordinarily, where the Karanga use  the letter “r” in a word, the Kalanga use “l”. This linguistic relationship, some historians argue, suggests that the Karanga and Kalanga peoples are related, and at some point in history were Read more…

Who are the Kalanga, or Bakalanga, BaNambya and Vhavenda? December 1, 2013

by Ndzimu-unami Emmanuel Moyo (repr. from ZimEye) One day not many years ago whilst passing by the Plumtree District Hospital, I overheard two men arguing about the people bearing the surname ‘Moyo’. The other gentlemen, apparently a Moyo himself, was fiercely arguing that he is a Ndebele, whilst the other Read more…

Another look at Domboshaba Cultural Festival and Bakalanga heritage (Part II) August 25, 2013

by Bawumbe wa Chiwidi, Sunday Standard This article provides further discussion on the Domboshaba Cultural Festival and Bakalanga heritage. Admittedly, this discussion appears to have angered some people, particularly those who do not subscribe to open dialogue, criticism and alternative views on how we need to organize, manage and develop Read more…

Domboshaba cultural festival and Bakalanga Heritage: A rejoinder August 18, 2013

by Kangangwani Phatshwane, Sunday Standard Domboshaba Cultural Trust (DCT) wishes to respond to an article (titled Another look at Domboshaba cultutral festival and Bakalanga heritage – Part 1) which appeared in the Sunday Standard of 11 – 17 August 2013 authored by a concerned Nkalanga using a pseudonym, Bawumbe wa Read more…

Another look at Domboshaba cultural festival and Bakalanga heritage August 11, 2013

by Bawumbe wa Chiwidi, repr. Sunday Standard This paper provides a critique of the Domboshaba Festival of Culture and History. The opinions raised here result from a critical evaluation of objectives of Domboshaba Cultural Trust, the chief proponent and organisers of the cultural festival and general intentions of the event Read more…

‘Recognise minor languages to revive culture’ June 1, 2013

by SHINGIRAI MADONDO,  Reprinted from MmegiOnline FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana government has been urged to recognise all the spoken languages to help revive the seemingly dying culture in the country. Francistown councillors agreed that the non-recognition of minority languages while focusing on Setswana languages only has resulted in “our culture dying Read more…

Correcting the Settlement History of Bakalanga March 11, 2013

by Abel A. Mabuse Sunday Standard Over the last two months, I have read with shock and sometimes disdain at some apparent confusion surrounding the settlement history of Bukalanga. Since December 2012, a number of disingenuous newspaper articles have been published on these two related topics. Misleading information covered in Read more…

Njelele: Our shrine together August 16, 2012

By Julius Sai Mutyambizi-Dewa (posted on different sites — original source unclear) I am a direct descendant of Emperor Netjasike, the last King of the Lozwi/Rozvi/BaNyai[Kalanga]. My greater grandfather Ntinima/Mutinhima was his first son. I have taken interest in the continuing debate about Njelele, a shrine that we are traditionally Read more…

Reinstate Ikalanga in schools July 9, 2012

By Jason Mooketsi Ranthatsa, Student, University of Botswana— reprinted from The Botswana Gazette This is a plea to the government to consider reintroducing the teaching of Ikalanga in schools. As an endangered language, all stakeholders must embark on protection of Ikalanga as its demise will be detrimental to the preservation Read more…

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