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Ndau Transnational Spirits, Languages, and Identities in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Date/Time: November 2nd 2022, @12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Speakers: Emmanuel Sithole


Emmanuel Sithole is a budding Zimbabwean scholar who is currently pursuing a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Northwest University in South Africa. He studied at the University of Zimbabwe from where he obtained an Honours and Master of Arts Degree in African Languages (2005-2010). He proceeded to Rhodes University where he graduated with a PhD in African Languages. His PhD focuses on the intellectualisation of Ndau, a marginalised minority language spoken in Zimbabwe and Mozambique through examining a raft of strategic interventions to solve the historical, linguistic, cultural, social, technological, economic and political impediments afflicting Ndau people in the both countries. Dr Sithole’s research continues to shine a spotlight on the wider Sociolinguistic Situations in and around marginalized transboundary languages, cultures and identities in southern Africa. Some of his on-going academic work is published by prestigious international publishers such as Oxford University Press (2022) and Cambridge University Press (2020). He also has several articles published in reputable local and regional journals such as African Identities (2018; 2021); Language Matters (2019; 2020); Indlinga (2021) and Lexikos (2017). 

Dr Sithole previously worked as a fulltime lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities at The Catholic University of Zimbabwe (2012-2014) where he taught courses in Sociolinguistics, Lexicography and African Literature. During that time, Sithole passionately participated in language lobby and advocacy activities to push for the development and intellectualization of Ndau in Zimbabwe. He is currently an intellectual advisor to the Ndau Language and Culture Association that successfully lobbied Zimbabwe’s then Government of National Unity (2009-2013) to constitutionally recognise Ndau as an official language in 2013. He is also a language policy advisor to the Ndau Materials Development Panel that creates educational and other materials to facilitate the teaching and learning of Ndau as an indigenous language subject in Zimbabwean schools. In that regard, Dr Sithole designed a spelling guide for Ndau (2016), translated seven Children’s stories into Ndau and is currently compiling the first monolingual Ndau dictionary.


November 2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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