Nontetha Nkwenkwe was a Xhosa prophetess who lived in colonial South Africa. She started a religious movement that led the South African government to commit her to asylums from 1923 until her death in 1935.

I discovered Nontetha’s story through a book titled African Apocalypse, recommended by my friend Thulasizwe.

The only existing visual document of Nontetha, a painting, lingered in my mind for months after reading that book.

This reimagining of the painting is my contribution towards archiving her name and story.
     The only existing visual documentation of Nontetha Nkwenkwe this painting

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