Mthandazo Ndema Ngwenya was a Zimbabwean scholar and activist who was born in 1949 in Nkosikazi, Nkayi. He died tragically in a car accident at the Heany Junction with Dr Themba Nkabinde on their way to Harare on the 19th of October, 1993.


Ngwenya trained at Gweru Teachers College and taught at Lower Gweru Mission. He taught at the University of Zimbabwe where he got involved in drama for television in the series UTshaka and Kukhulwa kokuphela.[1]


Ngwenya made tremendous contributions to Ndebele ethnicity and nationalism, redefining it first within the backdrop of a colonially denying environment and then within the “surprising” independence era. He looked at the renewal and resurrection of the fledging Ndebele ethnic confidence shattered by the negative experiences of a military defeat.


  • On Stage - Umhluzi Wekunzi
  • Ngitshilo mgitshilo, Mambo Press (1978)


  1. Jerry Zondo, [1], KwaChirere, Published: 20 March, 2010, Accessed: 8 August, 2020