During the October half term St Nicholas Community Centre in Nuneaton welcomed multi-talented performing artists Zulu who presented a stunning evening of traditional Zulu drama, song and dance, performed within the beautiful setting of St Nicholas Church. 

Their energetic and uplifting performance was made all the more exciting due to an incredible 150 year link to their home, KawZulu Natal. The group were amazed to discover the story of one of their ancestors, a young tribal chief who was sent to Nuneaton as part of a 19th century missionary scheme. Mandyoli Konah Macomo arrived in Nuneaton in 1859 and was baptised at the church. He lived in the vicarage and attended the nearby King Edward VI school before dying tragically at the age of 19. His name is immortalised on a stone memorial in the church graveyard, where members of the group knelt in reverence after discoving the tale.

The group with the stone memorial which includes the name of Mandyoli Konah Macomo

This was St Nicholas Community Centre’s first Live & Local show and the evening was a huge success. Numbers soared for the performance thanks in part to some excellent press coverage including a live interview with BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. The show was accompanied by an afternoon workshop in the Community Centre where local children were shown the art of mask and bead making.

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