FINANCIAL MAIL – July 7th 2000
Memories of a black scribe
To the general reader, Fuze’s book — originally published in 1922 and recently reprinted for the third time — offers a fascinating insight into the attitudes of a remarkable black man who lived in two worlds at once.
Abantu Abamnyama (The Black People) was the first book written in Zulu by a Zulu author. It was written shortly after the turn of the century, and previously published in 1922. The author was one of Bishop Colenso's first converts, and his story of his conversion, which he gives in his prologue, is a rare cameo of the first Bishop of Natal.