A ceremony to install the traditional custodian of the Shangano ruins will be held on August 31, to which the Nambya Cultural Association (NCA) and the Nambiya Development Organisation Trust (NDOT) invites the public.
NCA Chairman Gabriel Ncube says this is an opportunity to know more about the Nambya customs and tradition.
Shangano is one of three major monuments in the Hwange area that characterize the Nambya dynasty, in addition to the Bumbusi ruins and the Matowa ruins. The walls of Shangano ruins are built of a vast quantity of small sandstone rocks laid on top of each other to a height of of about 4 to 5 feet. Today much of the wall enclosure has collapsed due to unprotection from the weather and wild animals.
According to tradition, one of the sons of the Rozvi Chingamire fled north and founded the site in the 18th century, on top of a strategic hill named Shangano deriving from the Nambya word meaning to meet. He and his followers built a stone walled enclosure which became the first capital city of the baNambya people. The baNambya people moved from Shangano city to Bumbusi area in the upper Deka valley during the rerign of the fifth Whange, Shana (1834 to 1860).
The Shangano ruins are located about 20 kilometers from Hwange, off Sinamatella Road.
A full-day program has been planned:
|08:00-09:00||Arrival of guests/ participants|
|09:00||Installation of traditional custodian||Chilanga clan|
|11:45||Presentations of gifts to the Custodian of the shrines||All|
|12:00||Traditional foods display||Cooks|
|12:00||Lunch- traditional food buffet||All|
|13:00||National Anthem in Nambya||Chilanga primary|
|13:20||Poetry- Kutambula baShe||Chilanga primary|
|13:45||Speech- History of Nambya people of Hwange and the traditional functions of Chiefs on culture||Chief|
|14:00||Traditional Dance music||Mafuko Culture Group|
|14:15||Speech- Role of association in culture preservation||Chairman Nambya Cultural Assoc.|
|14:20||Dramatization Installation of Chief||St Marys Primary|
|14:30||Key Note Speech- Importance of culture Preservation||Chief Juctice Kamocha|
|15:00||Mhande dance||St Marys Primary|
|15:15||Nsumbule dance||Diki Traditional group|
|15:30||Solidarity speeches from wellwishers||All|
|16:00||Closure and departure|