traditional salutation “Ndau wee!” in greetings and other social settings. When the Ngoni observed this, they called
them the Ndau people, the name itself meaning the land, the place or the country in their language. Some suggestions
are that the name is derived from the Nguni words “Amading’indawo” which means “those looking for a place” as this
is what the Gaza Nguni called them and the name then evolved to Ndau.
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Because of the large-scale conquests of the Ngunis in the 1820s a lot of the Ndau ancestry evolved to include the
Nguni bloodline and ancestry. This is evident in the wealth of Nguni words in the Ndau language, Nguni names and
surnames. In the 1820s, during a period of severe drought, northern Nguni armies particularly the (Zulu, Swazi,
Ndwandwe, Khumalo and Ndebele) people who speak related Bantu languages and inhabit southeast Africa from
Cape Province to southern Mozambique, began to migrate to Mozambique from what is now South Africa. One Nguni
chief, Nxaba, established a short-lived kingdom inland from Sofala, but in 1837 he was defeated by Soshangane, a
powerful Nguni rival. Eventually Soshangane established his capital in the highlands of the middle Sabie River in what