Xhosa

The Xhosa are tribal group from the southeastern coast of South Africa. Today, about eight million Xhosa people live in South Africa.

The Xhosa language is called isiXhosa, and it is similar to the Zulu language. isiXhosa speakers and isiZulu speakers are able to understand one another. IsiXhosa is the second most spoken native language in South Africa.

The most famous Xhosa speaker is Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa.

Text by Rebecca Marks & Ilana Fayerman.
Image by Vanya Mangaliso, a Xhosa woman, by Meredith Claire.