She elephant – Indlovukazi /Ndlovukati

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The elephant is a special animal to the southern African ethnic communities and is usually linked with royalty. The names Indlovukazi or Ndlovukati are used as titles for Queens and Queen mothers which means she elephant.

Indlovukati of Eswatini – Queen mother Ntfombi of Eswatini

Indlovukazi of Ndebele – Queen Sekhothali Mabhena of Ndebele Kingdom, South Africa

Indlovukazi of Bhaca – Queen Khusela Diko of Bhaca of South Africa

📷: @shaun_desousa, private collection, Velani ludidi

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