Jackie Ngarande Educates Us On Nehanda

Go head and school us sis!

By  | Dec 03, 2020, 04:18 PM  | Jackie Ngarande  | Drama

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The statue of Nehanda Nyakasikana was recently unveiled and it caused quite a stir among Zimbabweans. Many faults in its make up were pointed out and a good number still question whether it's necessary at all.

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The statue of Nehanda Nyakasikana is set to be erected at the intersection of Julius Nyerere and Samora Machel Avenue in the capital, Harare. The statue will be placed on a bridge-like structure above the intersection and it is expected to also be a tourism attraction.

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Many in the political sphere have criticised the statue lack of a resemblance with the only available picture of Nehanda. Jackie Ngarande has however taken to social media to give a bit of a history lesson on Nehanda. The model and socialite wrote:

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"The lady in the picture is not Nehanda. She is Charwe wekwaHwata Mufakose. She was a spirit medium of Nehanda, meaning that Charwe and Nehanda are 2 separate people. Charwe, Nyamhita, Mazviona are some of the known mediums of Nehanda and there might be more in future...

Charwe Nyakasikana was a spirit medium of Mbuya Nehanda, a female Shona mhondoro. The original Nehanda was considered to be Nyamhita, the daughter of the first Monomatapa Mutota, who was living in the escarpment north of Guruve in about 1430. Ndatenda hangu.

I first heard about it from Tafataona Mahoso, Chigwedere & Chivaura. Renowned historians of Zimbabwean History"
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A lot of her fans were shocked by the revelation in the comments and only a few had known that Nehanda was a spirit beforehand. Here is what some of her fans wrote in reply:

"Thank you for schooling me, Jackie..."

"This is how a lie of history can carry itself into future generations and will be purported and worshipped to be true... So it means the now created statue of Nehanda is going be revered as true by future generations..."

"You very right many people do not understand that. After Charwe they come so many spirit mediums with Nehanda. last known spirit medium if Nehanda was a woman in Zambia during the 2nd Chimurenga."
"However she was the most active of all the mediums possessed by the spirit of Nehanda reason why she is to date known as Nehanda. She was a force to be reckoned with and really made the colonialists unsettled. Kudos to her a true female revolutionary"
"Nehanda is a spirit, not a person. The spirit first spoke through Kasikana daughter of Mushawatu. Secondly through Charwe of the Hwata Mufakose dynasty descendants of Mushawatu as agreed by the spirits and lastly the Nehanda spirit spoke through Mazviona Kawanzaruwa and never heard of again. The reported spirit of Nehanda speaking through one who is late of Chikuti was a non event and that one was possessed by Charwe."

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