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Isaac Williams Wauchope (1852-1917) is a Xhosa writer and public figure who lived in South Africa before the apartheid era. He represents a class of elite Xhosas and the first generation of school people and born Christians. This book provides us with a window into the lives and activities of the early Xhosa school people and how they prevailed in the South African society before the onslaught of apartheid. Generally we know about the struggles of the subjugated black people in South Africa during the apartheid era, trying to restore their lost glory. There are few published works that reveal for us the status and glory of black people in South Africa before apartheid. Indeed through Wauchope we see free, highly respectable and independent intellectuals who competed well with their white counterparts and existed on the same social level as the latter. This book reveals the writings and intellectual debates of the new Xhosa school elite of the eithteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds.
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Prof Abner Nyamende is head of African Languages at the University of Cape Town. His field of interest is African Literature written in English and in indigenous African languages. He has done extensive research in African Oral Literature and Clan Names in Xhosa. He is the author of a number of books and articles on African Literature.
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