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Soga, Tiyo
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(1829, Mgwali River, Tyhume Valley, Nqgika [Xhosa] Territory – Aug 12, 1871, Tuturha [later Somerville], Gcaleka Territory, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa), the first Black minister in South Africa ordained abroad in an established church. He was missionary among the Xhosa on the eastern frontier of the Cape Colony, writer, hymnographer, and translator. Soga received his early education at the mission school run by the United Presbyterian Church in Tyhume. Between 1844 and 1846 he attended Lovedale Semi…

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Williams, Donovan, “Soga, Tiyo”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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