Imbiza Journal Issue 4


The word imbiza has multiple meanings in the various Nguni languages of southern Africa. In isiXhosa, imbiza means a pot which is used for cooking food. Imbiza symbolises nourishment. In naming this journal Imbiza, we model it on the food that feeds individuals, families and communities. When we think of Imbiza Journal for African Writing, we imagine a three legged pot that has been part of the lives of generations of Africans. The three legged pot is also a symbol of strength and endurance, withstanding fires on which it stands in order to provide food to generations. In traditional societies, some of the most profound stories are told while families and communities are gathered around the fire waiting for the food to be ready for consumption. Imbiza journal for African Writing nourishes the mind.