A Cradle of the Revolution

Voices from Inyathi School, Matebeleland, Zimbabwe 1914 - 1980

Marieke Clarke & Pathisa Nyathi



This is a compelling book of stories by former Inyathi School students in the period before independence. The stories render moving accounts of evictions in the colonial period, conditions at Inyathi School, in particular the leadership qualities of Kenneth Maltus Smith who was the school head. After leaving Inyathi School, many of the students participated in the struggle for independence, hence the title of the book. The book is an expose of the colonial conditions and efforts to dislodge colonists and usher in independence and dignity for the black majority.


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Marieke holds a degree in Modern History and a Diploma of Education from Oxford University. In September 1963 she joined the staff of Inyathi Secondary School, 50 miles north of Bulawayo.

Pathisa Nyathi is a published poet, playwright, historian and biographer based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.