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In our attempt to bring you the most accurate information as it relates to the African Diasporia and their culture it is our belief that these stories are more accuratly depicted as told through the lense of African scholars.  This story is the research of a Kwekudee (who is  a African journalist from the country of Ghana.

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The Zulu (Zulu: amaZulu) are the largest South African ethnic group, with an estimated 10–11 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Small numbers also live in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique. Their language, Zulu, is a Bantu language; more specifically, part of the Nguni subgroup. The Zulu Kingdom played a major role in South African history during the 19th and 20th centuries. Under apartheid, Zulu were classed as third-class citizens and suffered from state-sanctioned discrimination. They remain today the most numerous ethnic group in South Africa, and now have equal rights along with all other citizens.

Zulu People

The Zulu were originally a major clan in what is today Northern KwaZulu-Natal, founded ca. 1709 by Zulu kaNtombhela. In the Nguni languages, iZulu/iliZulu/liTulu means heaven, or sky. At that time, the area was occupied by many large Nguni communities and clans (also called isizwe=nation, people or isibongo=clan)

Historical Origins of Zulu people

Around the Great Lake regions of Central and East Africa lived the Bantu, which in the language of the Zulus is a collective noun for ‘people’.  The Nguni people also lived in this region and they were the direct ancestors of the Zulu people.  They were called Zulu after the individual who headed a migration from Egypt to the Great Lakes via the corridor of the Red Sea.

In Zulu folklore links are said to exist between the Zulu people, Egypt, the Old Testament and Israel.  The new home land of the Ngumi people was called Embo.  Contemporary Zulu story tellers still refer to this mystical land of Embo.  The Ngumi people existed as pastoralists and subsistence farmers. Wealth was measured in cattle.  A practice still kept up to this present day and a custom which still exists in many regions of women of the Masai Mara. Circa 19  
I recommend you visit, Kwekudee’s blog, Trip Down Memory Lane to learn more about Zulu.

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Darlene Dancy is the owner of Affordable and Historical Art. Darlene's goal is to educate, motivate and empower people of African descent to learn the rich history of African culture - past & present. Discover Black History written, researched and preserved by African American Scholars. Lectures, Documentaries & Auto Biographies on DVD's and Historical Black Print/Poster art

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