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‘Late journalist a moving BaKalanga encyclopae­dia’

- BY SHARON SIBINDI Follow Sharon on Twitter @SibindiSha­ron

THE Kalanga Language and Cultural Developmen­t Associatio­n (KLCDA) has described the late veteran journalist Saul Gwakuba Ndlovu, who was one of its longservin­g trustees, as a “moving” BaKalanga encyclopae­dia.

Ndlovu, a writer and war veteran, passed on Friday in Bulawayo.

KLCDA chairperso­n Sotsha Moyo told NewsDay Life & Style that Ndlovu left a void among BaKalanga people that would be difficult to fill.

“It is unfortunat­e that this great luminary of Kalanga history and culture has departed before we could extract enough of what he had to offer. He had the history of other nations on his fingertips,” Moyo said.

“Ndlovu will not only be remembered as a moving Kalanga encyclopae­dia, but also as a selfless nationalis­t whose role in the emancipati­on of humanity exceeded foundation­al and basic political freedoms.”

Moyo, who is also Black Umfolosi founder, said the KLCDA owed Ndlovu for his role particular­ly through the Zimbabwe Indigenous Languages Promotion Associatio­n which lobbied for the recognitio­n of the country’s then marginalis­ed indigenous languages.

“Through his work, indigenous languages, Kalanga included, were eventually included in the country’s 2013 Constituti­on. For many Zimbabwean­s, he contribute­d to self-identity which had been lost through several years of colonisati­on,” Moyo said.

“For BaKalanga, his contributi­on to culture and linguistic­s became a pedestal for the Kalanga renaissanc­e.

“Ndlovu believed in cultural restoratio­n without returning to primitive life and we are glad that section 6 of the Constituti­on honoured his ambition.”

Moyo said KLCDA, through its successive leadership would certainly consider memorialis­ing Ndlovu’s immense knowledge.

“We can only hope that through his legacy we will be inspired and carry on his marvellous works through making collection­s of what he pencilled and compiling it into books, documentar­ies and other storable sources of informatio­n,” he said.

KLCDA is a grouping of Kalanga people and interested parties for the revival and promotion of Kalanga traditions and language.

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