MAQOMA: Crowdfunding appeal for the making of a Film

Maqoma: The Legend of a Great Xhosa Warrior by Prof. Timothy Stapleton is a book, a biography of Nkosi Maqoma of the Rharhabe dynasty; King Ngqika’s first born son of amaXhosa published by Amava Heritage Publishing in 2016. Maqoma a man who spent 55 years of his life in physical combat resisting British colonialism in the Eastern Cape; South Africa.

Our mission is to fundraise, collaborate, produce, exhibition and distribute an African film; by Africans; for an international audiences whilst educating factually about the history of Maqoma and telling his story authentically with accurate indigenous systems and nuance pertaining to the life of a man whose story has never been told before.

Maqoma’s role in South Aftican history is that of a man who consistently prevented the English from taking his land, the British changed military commanders 22 times, Maqoma remained General of the Xhosa Armed Forces having to change military tactics every time the British changed personnel. This is where he perfected his guerrilla warfare strategies. His father King Ngqika passed away in 1829 living a void in Xhosa politics as King Sandile the heir was still a young boy. Maqoma was the regent King until Sandile came of age, during this regency, the British changed governors in British Kaffraria or The Queen Adelaide Province 12 times.

After the Nongqawuse incident he was sentenced to 21 years on Robben Island for being found with “stolen goods” (his cattle), paroled after 12 years he went back to what used to be his land in Katberg but this was now given to the Khoi so he was arrested for trespassing and sent back to Robben Island where he was killed on 09 September 1873. In a collaboration between the South African Defence Force and the government of the Republic of the Ciskei, his bones were repatriated from Robben Island to Ntaba ka Ndoda in the Eastern Cape.

The film brings Maqoma’s life back to life and answers today’s questions about hunger for land, disruption of identity and indegenous knowledge systems, colonialism, imperialism, land dispossession, patriotism, and the love for one’s people and the strength taken to defend. The film brings Maqoma’s life back to life and answers today’s questions about hunger for land, disruption of identity and indigenous knowledge systems, colonialism, imperialism, land dispossession, patriotism, and the love for one’s people and the strength taken to defend.

As children of the land of Maqoma, we are coming to you with our open hearts and open hands, please help Africa tell its stories. We need to raise R1, 000,000.00 (million) in 60 days towards the development stages of the film. Any donation of any amount is welcome. We appeal to individuals, families and corporations who believe that our history, our heritage and our future belongs to us.

All donations above R2000 will attract a thank you gift from Thatha Films and Amava Heritage Publishing Pty Ltd. For sound bites and further information contact Themba Ngada on +27 74 580 9539 or tngada@amavaheritage.co.za.Issued by Thatha Films in partnership with Amava Heritage Publishing Pty Ltd.

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