Lozikeyi Dlodlo

Queen of the Ndebele

Marieke Clarke



This book is one of the first studies of a woman who led her people while the British colonial power occupied her country. She was the intellect behind one of the most effective anti-colonial revolts. Queen Lozikeyi continues to be an inspiration to Zimbabweans today. Queen Lozikeyi, as an Ndebele royal woman, interited a strong constitutional position from Nguni royal foremothers in Zululand. This study shows how Lobengula's senior queen and other Ndebele royal women uses their power.


Lozikeyi Dlodlo Queen of the Ndebele is a must read for all those interested in knowing the minute details of Ndebele history and social formation. The book is based on a superb combination of rich archival, secondary and oral sources to yield a very readable and enlightening book. - Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, South African Historical Journal


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.