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African historians are interested in the history of their own people. This is very unlike the approach taken by colonial historians and anthropologists who studied African history as a way to understand the colonized people better they did not have a genuine desire to study African history for its own sake. According to them this was unnecessary since they believed that Africans had no history before the European colonizers came into the continent. Their studies of African history concentrated a long the East African Coast which had been in contact with the Chinese, Indians and Arabs among others from across the Indian Ocean.
African societies were described by historians, anthropologists and sociologists alike as static, primitive, indigenous, native or traditional to use some of the common terms applied by such scholars in their studies of African societies.The present studies of African histories are important in the fact that they are based on actual research in the field instead of being based on arm chair conjectural history.
The people that call themselves the Basimba or BaShimba for many and Musimba or MuShimba for singular are Bantu speaking Community who live in Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and DR Congo. Before the 13th Century they did not know themselves as the Basimba, but either their Clan or provinces from which they came.
The name of Basimba (also known as BaShimba) was applied to the whole group by the early Bisa and Ambo as a nickname for the Clan of the leopard (Ngo) Clan people or the bena Ngo as their called in Zambia or the Ngo Clan people as their also called in Uganda. The founder of Buganda, Kato Kintu in the 14th Century was the first Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda, in his Immigration to Buganda (by then known as Muwaawa), went with thirteen Clans known in Buganda as (Abalasangeye) among them were the Basimba Leopard (Ngo) Clan people who.,, It is reported that a Buganda Prince Katerega persecuted these Leopard (Ngo) Clan people killing four hundred of its members and causing others to conceal their identity. Given the pre-eminent role of the Leopard (Ngo) Clan people in the cult of Kintu, these people expected that in the event they were discovered to be briefly related to the Leopard (Ngo) Clan would have far reaching consequences.
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