Full Text

Samkange, Sketchley Siyangapi (1936–1961)

Catherine Cymone Fourshey


Born in 1936 into a deeply Christian and politically active family in Southern Rhodesia, Sketchley Samkange became an important figure in Zimbabwean nationalist politics as a founder of the National Democratic Party (NDP), before he died at the age of 25 due to heart failure while swimming in Malawi. The youngest son of Thompson and Grace Samkange and brother of Stanlake Samkange, he grew up in a politically conscious, Methodist family that had focused primarily on the goal of a multicultural Zimbabwe. He was affectionately known to friends as Pip and to his family as Jack (of all trades). While his father was an eminent figure in colonial Southern Rhodesia due to his leadership role in education and the Bantu Congress, Sketchley was the least educated member of his family. Having done poorly in school, he only progressed to a Junior certificate at Tegwani and remained in Zimbabwe rather than studying abroad like his older siblings. He briefly ran the Tryfortune farm that his father had bought for his elder brother, Ernest, but this venture floundered, and the farm went into foreclosure under repression by the Land Board. Sketchley then moved to the nearby Tambaram farm with his mother. It was here that he became involved in a more radical form of politics that called for African majority rule in Zimbabwe. Because Tambaram was in the Makwiro area, the ancestral home of his family, ... log in or subscribe to read full text

Log In

You are not currently logged-in to Blackwell Reference Online

If your institution has a subscription, you can log in here:


     Forgotten your password?

Find out how to subscribe.

Your library does not have access to this title. Please contact your librarian to arrange access.

[ access key 0 : accessibility information including access key list ] [ access key 1 : home page ] [ access key 2 : skip navigation ] [ access key 6 : help ] [ access key 9 : contact us ] [ access key 0 : accessibility statement ]

Blackwell Publishing Home Page

Blackwell Reference Online ® is a Blackwell Publishing Inc. registered trademark
Technology partner: Semantico Ltd.

Blackwell Publishing and its licensors hold the copyright in all material held in Blackwell Reference Online. No material may be resold or published elsewhere without Blackwell Publishing's written consent, save as authorised by a licence with Blackwell Publishing or to the extent required by the applicable law.

Back to Top