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Makonde
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The Makonde people are believed to have originated from the Ndonde area of northern Mozambique. A large group then migrated into southern Tanzania during the 1700 and 1800s. The Makonde were said to have migrated to avoid becoming enslaved by the Ngoni tribe fleeing war in Zululand. Although there are varying accounts, the Makonde traditional creation myth generally holds that a man living in the bush carved a human figure from wood and set it down. Overnight, the figure came to life . After two miscarriages, the woman finally gave birth to a boy. This third child survived and was considered to be the first Makonde child.

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Masaaba Brochure
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The origin of the Bamasaaba people is unknown, however oral traditions suggest that they most likely originated from Egypt or northwestern Ethiopia. Bamasaaba oral tradition asserts that they are descendants of people called Mundu and Sera who migrated to peak of Mt. Masaaba (Elgon) during 16th century. Mundu and Sera had two children, Masaaba and Kundu. Kundu moved south and is thought to be the father of the Basoga people and Masaaba is thought to be the beginning of the Bamasaaba lineage. Due to the believed shared lineage, the Bamasaaba are closely related to the Baganda and Bakonjo tribes of Uganda in terms of the language structure, and the Hermitic groups of the northwestern Ethiopia in terms of culture. The Bamasaaba are also closely related to the Babukusu of western Kenya and many Babukusu clans trace their lineage back to the Bamasaaba people.

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Makhuwa
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The Makhuwa speaking people are thought to have originated in northern Mozambique as early as year 800 A.D. They were first under control of Arabs who came to Mozambique to trade slaves and ivory. The Portuguese arrived in 1498 and ruled over Mozambique as a colonial power until 1975. Makhuwa were heavily influenced by the Portuguese, especially in adapting Portuguese language and Christianity.

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