Katriena Esau – The First Female Chief Of The Khomani Tribe

Photo Credit: SABC

Photo Credit: SABC

Ouma (Grandmother) Katriena Esau, is the first female Chief of the Western N|u, a Khomani-San Tribe. She is 82 years old, and she was inaugurated on 30 May 2015, in Upington. She is one of four people who can speak the N|u language fluently. She was chosen to lead the community, because of her tireless efforts to preserve and promote the N|u language. She has a small school called, “Gazing The Stars”, where she and her granddaughter, Claudia du Plessis, teach children and anyone who wants to learn the N|u language. Ouma Katriena Esau is the recepient of the National Order of the Baobab from President Jacob Zuma, for her excellent contribution in the preservation of a language facing a threat of extinction.


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