By Mcebisi Ndletyana
Introducing the lives and works of 5 remarkable African intellectuals within the former Cape colony, this targeted heritage specializes in the pioneering roles performed through those coarchitects of South African modernity and the contributions they made within the fields of literature, poetry, politics, faith, and journalism. supplying an in-depth investigate how they reacted to colonial conquest and missionary proselytizing, the elaborate process by which those historic figures straddled either the Western and African worlds is totally explored, in addition to the ways in which those participants shaped the basis of the fashionable nationalist liberation fight opposed to colonialism and apartheid.
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The seat went to a white candidate, who was supported by an undivided block of white voters. O N G O I N G R I VAL RY In many ways this personal rivalry also reﬂected a denominational rivalry that Rubusana had tried hard to avoid. On several occasions, Jabavu’s Wesleyans and Rubusana’s Congregationalists were pitted against one another. Some of the disputes were over land on which to build churches or schools. Rubusana had tried hard to eschew denominational conﬂict. The schools he helped set up, for instance, were not afﬁliated to any denomination.
This bred loneliness and misery. On 20 December 1854, he scribbled in his diary: What assures me that I shall see next year? I hope I shall. Well, but hope is not certainty; and though it often realises its object, it is as often disappointed. My life hangs by the feeblest and most attenuated thread, which the gentlest breath may sever. The insigniﬁcant ﬂy may alight upon it and break it. Soga persevered, however. He graduated on 22 September 1856, and was ordained the next day, through sheer determination.
They had both shared the homes of clergy in their youth – she living with the Reverend James Davidson and he with the Birts. Deena was herself extremely well educated – she had travelled to Scotland with Reverend Jameson during his sabbatical and studied at Dollar Academy, Scotland. za M P I L O WA LT E R B E N S O N R U B U S A N A The white building in the centre used to house the old council ofﬁces in Lloyd Street, East London, and was the target of many Congress marches led by Rubusana in the ﬁrst decade of the 1900s.
African Intellectuals in 19th and Early 20th Century South Africa by Mcebisi Ndletyana