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Zana Masombuka on Ndebele Superhero as a process of reimagination


Zana Masombuka, a graduate from the University of the Underground as well as Stellenbosch University presented her project The Ndebele Superhero on the 2019 antenna conference stage.

Masombuka hails from a small Ndebele town in South Africa. Growing up, she says she and her friends had nothing but their imaginations to keep them busy during the day.

“When we were not outside playing, we were sitting with our grandmothers learning the ancient secrets of being through creation and expression.” These creative expressions took the form of beading, weaving and gardening and according to Masombuka they required absolute presence and stillness.

In 2017, while studying politics and history, Masombuka’s younger brother underwent initiation.

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