UFH Honours Chief Tyali with Annual Lecture and and Memorial Run

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On 27 September, the university hosted its annual Nkosi Tyali Public Lecture followed by a memorial marathon run on the  following day, Saturday 28th September.

The Memorial Lecture was well subscribed, especially by community members. Also in attendance were the members of the Rharhabe Kingdom, MEC of the Provincial Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture Department, Ms Fezeka Bayeni, academics and students. The most pleasing aspect about the event was that a majority of the attendees came clad in traditional regalia.

The Nkosi Tyali Memorial Lecture is a first of its kind. It honours the legacy of Nkosi Mkrazuli Tyali who donated the land on which the University of Fort Hare main campus stands on. The lecture  seeks to celebrate this great African son of the soil and reposition his role in the African diiaspora for having sown a foundation for the emancipation of Africans through thought leadership and education.

Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa delivered the keynote address.   During his speech he wished the partnership between Raymond Mhlaba Municipality, University of Fort Hare and Imingcangathelo Royal community success. According to Chief Holomisa, “success will come when we value, respect and recognise traditional authorities”. He pleaded with anyone who has  knowledge of the original birthplace of the Tyali family to please come forward with this information.

Chief Holomisa also made reference to King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo of the AbaThembu nation. “He was imprisoned because he stood his ground and did what was expected of him. Our constitution does not protect and defend Royal houses”, lamented the Chief. 

In his closing remarks, Chief Holomisa encouraged the community at large to know and embrace their culture.  Entertainment at the event was provided by the CCI Traditional Group and the award-winning University of Fort Hare choir.

The University of Fort Hare is located on land bequeathed by Nkosi Tyali, the son of King Ngqika of the AmaRharhabe Kingdom. Nkosi Tyali was a thoughtful, strategic and calculating visionary. During his reign,  there was physical confrontation between AmaXhosa and the English colonialists.  His vision was to empower Africans through education.  He allowed young people from across the African continent to flock to his land in search of academic and intellectual training that would prepare them against the various colonial and apartheid policies that were inhibiting the freedom of African masses.