David Livingstone Birthplace

Chief Maneko

In Southern Africa, David encountered women who were in positions of political power like Chief Manenko.

Throughout Africa women were spiritual leaders, chiefs and warriors. These were very different to the roles of women in Britain at the time, as the women David encountered often did the same jobs and tasks as men. He wrote about these encounters, describing his thoughts and what he had seen in his writing.

Read what David wrote and reflect on this meeting and how the two of them might have felt...

Chief Maneko
Chief Maneko (PDF)

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