Thompson Samkange
Thompson Samkange, Thompson Douglas Samkange, Zimbabwean nationalist
Thompson Samkange
BornThompson Douglas Samkange
(1905-03-01)March 1, 1905
  • Freedom Fighter

Thompson Samkange was a Zimbabwean nationalist that fought for the freedom of Zimbabwe during the time leading to the Second Chimurenga.


Thompson Douglas Smakange was born on 1 March 1905 in Zvimba. Other records however say he was born in 1887.[1]

Education and Politics

He was educated to Standard VII at Waddilove Institute and subsequently ordained a minister of the Methodist Church. He preached at many places throughout the country, including Wankie, Pakami and Kwenda. He was elected President of the African section of the Southern Rhodesian Missionary Conference but found the division of the Conference into racial sections distasteful. In 1945 he decided to revive the old African National Congress and became its President. He was still in command during the general strike of 1948.[1]

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He married Grace Mano about 1917. They had 10 children but 2 boys and 2 girls died young. Their daughter, Evelyn Shava, became leader in the YMCA movement in Mashonaland. His second son, Stanlake_Samkange was a nationalist and Doctor of Philosophy and a Professor of African History at North-Western University in Boston, USA. One sone Sketchley Samkange, drowned in Lake Malawi in 1962.

Samkange was a Reverend in the Methodist Church.

Samkange has the nickname Mudavanhu which is Shona for Him that loves people.

  1. 1.0 1.1 THE REV. THOMPSON DOUGLAS SAMKANGE, Colonial Relic, Published: , Retrieved:23 April 2017