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Location of The Mbunda Speaking People in Namibia



 Mbunda Speaking People are found in Rundu District, north of Namibia near the Angola Border.

In 1914, the Portuguese colonialists abducted the twentieth (21st) Mbunda Monarch, King Mbandu Lyondthzi Kapova (Kathzima Mishambo) and imposed Prince (Munamwene) Kazungo Shanda as the 22nd Mbunda Monarch. Little did King Mwene Mbandu Lyondthzi Kapova (Kathzima Mishambo) know that his nephew was an ambitious traitor and would not follow the King's instructions. King Mwene Mbandu Lyondthzi Kapova, his Prime Minister (Mwato wa Mwene) Shwana Mbambale, his two personal physicians and special aides, Mwata Kambalameko and Mwata Vitumbi, some important courtiers as well as a number of his bodyguards were kidnapped and taken away in 1914 by Portuguese colonial troops mounted on horsebacks. This resulted in a war named "The Kolongongo War". This is a war the Portuguese Colonialists fought on horse backs against the Mbunda, ref; René Pélissier, La révolte des Bunda (1916-1917), pp. 408 - 412 (French for "the Mbunda revolt"), section footnotes citing sources: Luís Figueira, Princesa Negra: O preço da civilização em África, Coimbra Edição do autor, 1932.

The Mbunda waged a fierce armed campaigns in their desperate bid to maintain their independence of Portuguese subjugation. They new how to fight. They were a fearless, strong and brave people. However, as time elapsed, the Portuguese forces gained an upper hand in the war because they were continuously provisioned with gunpowder for their guns. The embattled Mbunda, who did not posses the know-how essential to the making of gunpowder eventually found the muzzle-loaders to be absolutely useless. They had to increasingly rely on their bows and arrows as well as a few other traditional arms which were suited for warfare only at close quarters. Superior Portuguese firepower took a heavy toll of the increasingly dispirited Mbunda, some of whom began to throw their muzzle-loaders in the rivers for lack of gunpowder. The war lasted up to 1929 and dislodged the Mbunda Kingdom and the Portuguese took over Mbundaland to be part of Angola, ref; René Pélissier, La révolte des Bunda (1916-1917), pp. 408 - 412 (French for "the Mbunda revolt"), section footnotes citing sources: Luís Figueira, Princesa Negra: O preço da civilização em África, Coimbra Edição do autor, 1932..

This caused some Mbundas to migrate to Namibia and a second immigration of Mbundas to Barotseland. However, many Mbundas in Namibia call themselves Ngangelas. Mbunda language.


Ngangela Or Mbunda Group?  - What is Ngangela     The Origin of Ngangela Name   

Language History in SE Angola- The Ngangela-Nyemba Dialect

Eastern Angola today is mainly occupied by thirteen (13) family Mbunda descendant group: Mbunda Mathzi, Chimbandi, Humbi, Lwiimbi, Ngonjelo, Nyemba, Luchazi, Sango, Mbalango, Yauma, Nkangala, Ndundu and Mashaka. Today some unofficial Angola Tribal maps show Eastern Angola as occupied by Ngangela. These tribal maps are misleading because Ngangela is neither a tribe nor a lingua franca language but a derogatory name which also means Eastern Nganguela, Ovambo, Nyaneka-Nkhumbi, Herero and many other     Alvin W. Urquhart, ''Patterns of Settlement and Subsistence in Southwestern Angola'', National Academies Press, 1963, p 10. It is also reflective of Portuguese colonialists' oppression on Mbunda and clear intent to wipe out the tribal group completely out of Angola. As a result of this, Mbunda as a National Language in Angola has been disappearing from a list of six: KIKONGO, KIMBUNDU, UMBUNDU, CHOKWE, MBUNDA AND KWANYAMA according to the Official Gazette No: 3/87 of May 23, 1987 following a resolution adopted by the Council of Ministers, Idiomas Nacionais - Ministério da Administração do Território     Tusona: Luchazi Ideographs : a Graphic Tradition of West-Central ... - Page 290-292 and systematically being replaced by Ngangela . Surprising,  Mbunda programming in national languages ​​was removed from the Public Television of Angola (TPA), even on some community radio stations. Languages of Angola - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In National Language Mbunda in Angola, the Ngangela simply means the direction to the east - the rising of the sun. The worst is that in the National Language Umbundu, "Ochi-ngangela 'means something that is worth nothing. The Ovimbundu (which is a neighboring province of Bie) call Mbundas as 'Ovi ngangela-' (plural) since Mbundas paid their political support to the political movement of liberation, MPLA during the fight for national independence against the Portuguese colonialists, while another political movement that was founded by leaders of the same origin Umbundu expected political support. And then, after achieving national independence in 1975 the Ovimbundu continued to mock the Mbundas as 'Ovi-ngangela' because the liberation movement they supported, the MPLA was then in power, and had forgotten  to reward Mbundas in exchange for political support lent during the struggle. It was in the same vein that the Portuguese derided as the Mouse, Kimbundu (like a little mouse), and will be offensive to replace the National Language of the Kimbundu with a term 'Mouse. Bantu-Languages.com describes these languages as "a variety of Mbunda, also a K.10 Bantu language, citing Maniacky 1997. These languages are not to be confused with Ngangela. In fact "Nganguela" is one of the ethnographic classification categories invented during colonial times in a series of African countries which do not correspond to one people held together by a common social identity".



Mbunda Chiefs and Their Locations in Nambia


Mbunda Speaking People Group have one (1) bona fide Chief in Rundu District of Namibia.  This is His Royal Highness Chief (Mwene) Kanyanga


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