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Title:Alban Njube Lobengula, Iqanda le Ngwenya: a chronicle of a royal heir's exile and despair
Author:Roberts, R.S.
Year:2010
Periodical:Heritage of Zimbabwe (ISSN 0556-9605)
Issue:29
Pages:1-32
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:exile
traditional rulers
Matabele polity
local history
History, Archaeology
Zimbabwe--History
Ndebele (African people)
About person:Alban Njube Lobengula (c. 1879-1910)
Abstract:Njube was born in c. 1878/1880 to one of the most important wives of Lobengula, then Chief of the Ndebele. He was the oldest of Lobengula's four 'royal' sons. After Lobengula's death, the British South Africa Company assumed responsibility over the immediate members of the royal family by giving pensions to the queens and their sons and daughters. Cecil Rhodes had Njube and the next two by age of the royal sons, as being closest to the throne, brought down to Cape Town in 1894. The present paper sketches Njube's life in the Cape Colony. It pays attention to his life-long efforts to return home to Matabeleland and his chronic shortage of money. This posed an enduring problem for the Chief Native Commissioner Matabeleland and the Administrator in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), which only ended with Njube's death from pneumonia in 1910. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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