RETROSPECTIVE: 18TH APRIL 1980
INDEPENDENCE OF ZIMBABWE
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Zenzo Christopher NKOBI *1939 - ƚ 1993
Zenzo was born at Dombodema Mission, in south-western Zimbabwe in Bulilima. Nkobi’s father Thomas Nkobi, left Zimbabwe for South Africa soon after his birth, where he spent the rest of his life in politics, rising to the top echelons of the African National Congress. Zenzo remained in Zimbabwe, where he was raised by his mother and went to school, trained as a teacher, and then went to teach at a rural school not far from the Botswana border. As a teacher, Zenzo was to encounter the cruelty of the colonial government once more when he was accused of teaching small kids anti-Smith songs and true indeed he would compose some songs in Kalanga or iSiNdebele which were talking about the regime. He then crossed the border to Botswana with the intention of joining the armed struggle.