Tiyo Soga

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First name: 
Tiyo
Last name: 
Soga
Date of birth: 
May-1829
Date of death: 
12-August-1871
Location of death: 
Butterworth,South Africa

Tiyo Soga was born in 1829. He was the most famous pupil of the Lovedale missionaries.

On a visit to Scotland in 1857, he became the first black South African to be ordained in an established church. His journal of the return voyage (as yet unpublished) is an important landmark in South African literature.

Soga's translation of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress in Xhosa helped to make that book the second most important literary influence in nineteenth century South Africa after the Bible (which he, too, played a large part in translating). He was a prominent writer in the Lovedale newspaper, Indaba, begun in 1862.

Last updated : 28-Mar-2018

This article was produced by South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011

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