10 Things You Didn’t Know About Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula

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  1. Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula (15 January 1916 – 8 October 1983) was a Zambian nationalist leader.
  2. Harry was involved in the movement for the independence of Northern Rhodesia, as Zambia was known until the end of British rule in 1964.
  3. He was born in the village of Maala in the Namwala district of Zambia’s southern province.
  4. Nkumbula received his early formal education at Methodist mission schools and in 1934 completed Standard VI at the Kafue Training Institute.
  5. In 1938 Nkumbula joined the Northern Rhodesian government’s teaching service and later worked in Kitwe and Mufulira on the Copperbelt.
  6. During World War II he became involved in African nationalist politics, like many other educated Africans of the day.
  7. Nkumbula went to Kampala’s Makerere University College in Uganda.
  8. Nkumbula was elected president of the Northern Rhodesian African Congress in 1951.
  9. In early 1955 Nkumbula and Kaunda were imprisoned together for two months (with hard labour) for distributing “subversive” literature.
  10. Nkumbula died on 8 October 1983, aged 67.