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Niq Mhlongo

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Going to my ancestral land

When I was in high school in the late 80′s, doing a subject called HISTORY under BANTU EDUCATION, I was taught that us ‘Bantu people’, originate from the CONGO. I was made to believe that South Africa was just a jungle that was lived by the San people (who are not related to us BANTU PEOPLE) and wild animals, and that ‘we BANTUS’ and the Voortrekkers (HOURNARABLE JAN VAN RIEBECK) arrived here almost at the same time. Therefore, ‘we BANTUS’ can not claim this as an ancestral land since we came from BATEKE and the BAKONGO of the great KONGO/CONGO RIVER. Tomorrow morning I’m flying to my ancestral BANTU LAND of the Republic of the CONGO, Central Africa. Coincidentally, I have a cousin whose surname is NKUNA…and I heard that my final destination, BRAZZAVILLE was known as THE NKUNA VILLAGE before the BATEKE king (MY GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT ANCESTOR) sold that piece of land to the French man called PIERRE de BRAZZA. SO, maybe I will unlearn what I have learnt in high school with this visit…THE ETONNANTS VOYAGEURS-INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL….


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