By Mcebisi Ndletyana
Introducing the lives and works of 5 unparalleled African intellectuals within the former Cape colony, this certain historical past makes a speciality of the pioneering roles performed via 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 check out how they reacted to colonial conquest and missionary proselytizing, the elaborate process by which those ancient figures straddled either the Western and African worlds is totally explored, in addition to the ways in which those contributors shaped the root of the trendy nationalist liberation fight opposed to colonialism and apartheid.
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Soga hadn’t thought it possible that people were capable of such ingenuity. However, Glasgow also relieved Soga of his naivety about the moral compass of the Western world. An incident involving the theft of his books and a satchel, which he had trustfully left just outside the door of a house facing the street, shattered his illusion that all Scots were morally upright. 19 A F R IC A N I N T E L L E C T UA L S In Glasgow, Soga afﬁrmed his faith through baptism, and embarked on serious theological training at the Free Church Seminary School.
Za T I YO S O G A Lovedale Seminary College, which was started in 1824. The missionary Reverend William Chalmers paid for Soga to attend the prestigious Lovedale Seminary College in Alice from 1844 until 1846, when the College closed temporarily, due to war on the frontier. Prior to this, Soga had come under missionary inﬂuence at his parents’ home in Mgwali. Soga left Lovedale with the missionaries, to go to the city of Glasgow, in Scotland, for the ﬁrst of two formative visits. He returned to take up the job of headmaster of Uniondale mission school in Keiskammahoek in 1849.
Christian converts themselves (although in truth Old Soga was only a nominal Christian)’ Tiyo’s parents were more than happy to have their son receive missionary tutelage. They were among the early recruits of the ﬁrst-ever African missionary, Ntsikana, and lived by Christian values. In keeping with these values, Tiyo was never circumcised. No matter his personal religious beliefs, Old Soga appreciated the beneﬁts of modern inﬂuence. In 1835 he became a pioneer of modern farming techniques among his community.
African Intellectuals in 19th and Early 20th Century South Africa by Mcebisi Ndletyana