By Mcebisi Ndletyana
Introducing the lives and works of 5 unheard of African intellectuals within the former Cape colony, this special historical past makes a speciality of 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. providing an in-depth look at 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 trendy nationalist liberation fight opposed to colonialism and apartheid.
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Following the advice of his friend, Meshack Pelem, Jabavu founded the very ﬁrst black secular newspaper. Its objective was to inform the African population about public issues, and promote their participation in the electoral process. Named Imvo Zabantsundu (Native Opinion), and founded with the ﬁnancial support of Messrs James Weir and RW Rose-Innes, the newspaper went to print in November 1884, with John Tengo Jabavu as its editor. He was only 24 years old then. Imvo was to become the voice of liberal politics in the Cape and an advocate of African interests.
Land ownership was not only important for Africans in terms of access to productive resources, it was also an important qualiﬁcation for the franchise in the Cape. A founder member of the Native Vigilance Association in the late 1880s, Rubusana was part of the very ﬁrst generation of African leaders that formed political organisations to represent Africans. The shift to organised politics moved political agitation away from the personal. It was also a new and powerful threat to white-liberal agency.
It feigned pretexts for war, Soga explained, in order to conﬁscate more native land. za disdain to strike a foe without weapons … it is beneath the dignity of civilised men to be the formidable enemy of naked barbarians, who cannot write and reason like themselves’. Pervasive though it was, Soga never allowed racial prejudice to alter his self-perception. Where the bigoted colonists expected him to falter, he thrived. Soga revelled in disproving racial scepticism. When he Soga’s Scottish wife, Janet Soga, in South Africa.
African Intellectuals in 19th and Early 20th Century South Africa by Mcebisi Ndletyana