Johanna Nkomo
Johanna Nkomo
Stamp with Johanna Nkomo's picture
BornJohanna Fuyana
(1927-09-18)September 18, 1927
DiedJune 3, 2003(2003-06-03) (aged 75)
Cause of deathStomach pains
Resting placeNational Heroes Acre, Harare.
Spouse(s)Joshua Nkomo
Parent(s)Paul Silwalume Fuyana, Maria Sithunzesimbi
RelativesMdilizelwa (grandfather)

Johanna Fuyana Nkomo was the wife of late Vice President of Zimbabwe and nationalist, Joshua Nkomo. She's generally referred as Mafuyana which means a mother belonging to the Fuyana clan.


Johanna was born to Paul Silwalume Fuyana and Maria Sithunzesimbi and had 2 siblings. She was the second child.

She attended St Joseph’s Primary School and Emphandeni before proceeding to work for the Dominican Sisters’ Convent in Bulawayo as a girls hostel matron for two years.[1]. While she was working at the Convent, she met Joshua Nkomo (whose father was married to her sister). Joshua and Johanna married on October 1, 1949.

War of Independence

Johanna Nkomo generally raised their family in their Pelandaba home while Nkomo was away fighting in the war of Zimbabwe's independence. She was once arrested and detained briefly however on one occasion when Southern Rhodesia Special Branch agents came to her house and she hurled at can at them.[1]

In March 1977, Johnanna Nkomo left Zimbabwe with her family in a hurry when information about a plan to kidnap the family's 13-year old Sehlule, was known to her. She briefly stayed in England in 1977 before proceeding to the then German Democratic Republic.



Johanna Nkomo died on 3 June 2003 after complaining of stomach pains. He was buried at the National Heroes Acre on 7 June, next to Joshua Nkomo's grave.

Johanna Nomo's grave at National Heroes Acre in Harare


  1. 1.0 1.1 MaFuyana: Royalty married to the struggle, Herald, Published: 17 July 2014 , Retrieved: 10 April 2018