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/Mthokozisi Moyo
Mthokozisi Moyo

Position: Language Researcher - Ndebele

Department: Language Institute
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  • Master of Arts in African Languages and Culture [Midlands State University]
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Language Studies [Lupane State University]
  • Diploma in Applied Language Studies [Lupane State University]
  • Diploma in Education [secondary] [University of Zimbabwe]

Research interests

  • Digital Humanities
  • Indigenous Language Literature, Literacy and Language Rights
  • Educational Linguistics
  • Language Planning and Policy
  • Educational linguistics
  • Theoretical linguistics


Books and book chapters 

  • Moyo, M (2021) Teaching Our Ways of Knowing: A Cultural Imperative for Integrating Indigenous Languages in Zimbabwe’s School Curriculum. In Magwa, W., Jenjekwa, V and Moyo, M. Socilinguistics and Multilingual Education n Zimbabwe. MSU Press and Publications: Gweru
  • Magwa, W., Jenjekwa, V. and Moyo, M. (Eds) (2021) Sociolinguistics and Multilingual Education in Zimbabwe. Gweru. Midlands State Univeristy Press.
  • Moyo M. (2018). Imibhalo YesiNdebele: Vulindlela 1, Bulawayo: Usiba Creatives.
  • Moyo M. (2019). Ukufunda lokufundisa Ugwalo Emabangeni Aphezulu, Bulawayo: Ingwaladi Publishers.
  • Moyo. M, Tembo. J and Bhebhe. L. (2020)  Bhwazulani 4: Iwhalo Yabalayijwa – Nambya Lesrners’ book.
  • Moyo. M, Hadebe. M. H, Phiri. A. M, and Mudenda. A. (ed) (2019) Zilisweenene-Ingxubevane-Simujinga, Bulawayo: Ingwaladi Publishers.   


  • Moyo, M. and Mnkandla, N. (In press). Imibhalo YesiNdebele (Ndebele Literaure). Zimbabwe Open university.
  • Moyo, M. and Dube, M. (In press). Ukuhlelwa kolimi LwesiNdeele, (Ndebele Linguistics). Zimbabwe Open university. 

Journal Articles 

  • Moyo Mthokozisi (2021). The Role of Place-Names in Preserving Living Heritage in Matabeleland International Journal of Research and Scientific Innovation (IJRSI), February 2021, ISSN 2321–2705 Volume VIII, Issue II, pp. 257-261. Available online at
  • Journal Articles Maseko, B. and Moyo, M. (2013). Minority language revitalisation in Zimbabwe-Fundamental considerations for Tonga language in the Zambezi Valley, in Online International Journal of Arts and Humanities, ISSN 2277-0852; Volume 2, Issue 10, pp. 248-259; December, 2013. Available Online at   


Community Engagement

1. Indigenous Language writing initiatives

  • Project Director and Editor: Ziliswenene-Ingxubevange-Simujinga:  A Trilingual Anthology of poems and short stories in Ndebele, Tonga and Nambya (Ingwaladi Publishers) [2018-19]
  • Project Director: Izwi Lenkosazana poetry anthology by young women (Ingwaladi Pulishers) [2020-21]
  • Co-Founder of Ingwaladi Publishers
  • Chief Linguist and Writing consultant Bhwazulani 1-4 Nambya Textbooks Writing initiative [2015-2020]

 2. Nambya Development and Cultural Organisation Trust (NDOT) Textbook Writing Project (2015-2020)

  • Materials Designer and Textbook evaluator
  • Language researcher and contribution editor [2015 -2016]
  • Convened and facilitated textbook and instructional materials writing seminars for Nambya writers and teachers in Hwange district.
  • Advised the association on terminology development, textbook writing and materials development.
  • Successfully completed the project and books have been published.

3. Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council

  • National Examiner and Examination Marking Supervisor (Literature in Ndebele) Since 2018

 4. Curriculum Development and Technical Services

  • Attended the 2017 Ndebele materials evaluators’ workshop as a Ndebele Materials Evaluator.
  • Keynote address 2020 Development of indigenous language orthographies workshop 


Major Translation Projects

Chief Translation Technician and Team Supervisor in:

  1. NDS1 Translation Project
  2. 2nd Republic compendium of Projects
  3. Consumer Protection Act 

University Service 

  1. Committee member for the MSU Innovation Hub University Committee
  2. Lecturer in the Department of Applied Education



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