Uvelaphi / know your roots

Uvelaphi / know your roots

Uvelaphi is a web and mobile platform that seeks to connect African people with their roots by increasing knowledge about African clan names. It also seeks to create an intergenerational reservoir of history for the Nguni people.

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NDEBELE

SummaryNdebele in broader terms can be referring to the Southern Ndebele people who are located in South Africa and also the Northern Ndebele people located in Zimbabwe and Botswana. The Southern Ndebele people of the northern provinces of South Africa can be further classified into two main tribes; BagaLanga and…

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PEDI

SummaryBapedi, Marota, Bamaroteng, Basotho and previously also referred to as Northern Sotho can be traced as early as the 18th century. Through migration they settled north of the Vaal River to what is now known as the Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West provinces of South Africa. They formed what…

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SOTHO

SummaryBasotho, can be traced back to the 1300 and 1500s originally in what is today known as Tanzania. The east south migration happened similarly like the Nguni south migration.

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SWATI

SummaryemaSwati or bakaNgwane are part of the Nguni tribe that emigrated from North East Africa. They settled in what is now known as Swaziland in South East of Africa around the fifteenth century.

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TSONGA

Traditional Tsonga fish trap

SummaryVatsonga, can be traced as far back as the 18th century, very little history is known about the Tsonga people prior to that. The name Tsonga was given to them by Zulu invaders who enslaved many clans between 1815 and 1830. The vast majority believe Tsonga people came to existence…

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TSWANA

Summary The Batswana nation can be traced back to 1500, when the Sotho nation extended toward the south and west and isolated into the three particular groups; the South Sotho (Basotho and Sotho), the West Sotho (Tswana), and the North Sotho (Pedi)

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VENDA

summary The Venda culture is built on a vibrant mythical belief system, and water is an import theme, believing lakes and rivers to be sacred, and that rains are controlled by the Python God. One of the most sacred sites of the Venda is Lake Fundudzi.

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XHOSA

Isishwankathelo AmaXhosa omthonyama lolona hlanga lwathi lalwa iimfazwe ezininzi nabeLungu abangamaNgesi ukususela ngowe – 1771 phezu komlambo iXelexwa (Gamtoos River) kude kuye kuma kowe – 1878 ngemfazwe yokugqibela eyaziwa ngokuba yekaNgcayechibi. AmaXhosa akhusela ilizwe lawo iminyaka engaphaya kwekhulu, esilwa ngemikhonto nohlanga oludubula ngemipu. EmaXhoseni ke nanamhlanje ayafumaneka amaqhalo kunye nezaci…

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ZULU

SummaryuZulu was formed as a result of an east coast migration of a small group of the then Nguni tribe. They settled in the east coast of Africa around the nineteenth century.

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