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noun - plural: indabas

  1. a council at which indigenous peoples of southern Africa meet to discuss some important question
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: council = a meeting of people for consultation

Alternative definition of the noun indaba


  1. An important conference held by leaders of the Zulu and Xhosa peoples of South Africa.
  2. [South African English] A problem, a concern.


Indaba: An indaba is an important conference held by the izinDuna of the Zulu or Xhosa peoples of South Africa. These indabas may include only the izinDuna of a particular community or may be held with representatives of other communities.

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Google previewChrist and Culture (2010)

Communion After Lambeth by Martyn Percy

Indaba is a Zulu word from South Africa originally connoting a meeting of chiefs or village leaders that 'gather for purposeful discussion' in community.9 In sixteen separate indaba groups of forty bishops, where face-to-face accountabilities had ...

Google previewThe Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion (2013)

by Ian S. Markham, J. Barney Hawkins, IV, Justyn Terry, Leslie Nuñez Steffensen

The Continuing Indaba is a project that began at the Lambeth Conference in 2008 (Lambeth Conference). “Indaba” is a Zulu word for discernment by consensus which is common in many African cultures with parallels in many societies ...

Google previewDialogue Gap (2012)

Why Communication Isn?t Enough and What We Can Do About It, Fast by Peter Nixon

Indaba is a Zulu word for a gathering for purposeful discussion and is both a process and method of engagement, and offers...

An indaba is an important conference held by the izinDuna (principal men) of the Zulu and Xhosa peoples of South ...

Google previewUnderstanding African Philosophy (2004)

A Cross-cultural Approach to Classical and Contemporary Issues by Richard H. Bell

Indaba is a Zulu word meaning a coming together or symposium in which participants contribute equally toward the solution of a problem. “It suggests combined efforts at working towards consensus through discussion of matters concerning ...

Google previewIntroduction to Group Therapy (2014)

A Practical Guide, Second Edition by Scott Simon Fehr

Indaba is a Babylonian term meaning a gathering together in a meeting with a chief or leader. 6.

Google previewUniversity Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (2017)

The Porous University by Julia Preece

The Indaba is the main open learning space in which the general public can participate. It thus serves as an advertising resource for expanding the Edu- village membership but also for people to acquire the idea of learning as an aspiration ...

Google previewFundamental Principles of Molecular Modeling (2013)

by Anton Amann, Jan C.A. Boeyens, W. Gans

Werner Gans for the Editors Indaba is an African term to describe a meeting to analyze a difficult problem from all angles. CONTENTS Fundamentals of Molecular Modelling .

Google previewReligion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft (1995)

by Douglas Johnston, Cynthia Sampson

Indaba is a term used widely in southern Africa meaning "palaver." Kanodereka and Byron Hove, a Salisbury lawyer, had recently left Muzorewa's ANC; the third person was Max Chigwida. Kanodereka, of course, was a central figure in MRA ...

Google previewMining Africa (2017)

Law, Environment, Society and Politics in Historical and Multidisciplinary Perspectives by Warikandwa, Tapiwa V.

Alternative Mining Indaba is an annual ...

Google previewA Toast to Bargain Wines (2011)

How Innovators, Iconoclasts, and Winemaking Revolutionaries Are Changing the Way the World Drinks by George M. Taber

Indaba is a Zulu word that means “a meeting of the minds.” Started in 1996, just after apartheid ended, the brand was developed primarily for the U.S. market. Bruwer Raats, a famous winemaker who watches over the highly regarded Raats ...

Google previewFCS Advertising and Promotions L2 (2007)

Indaba is a large exhibition held every year in Durban for the tourism industry. Trade advertising in specialist media or trade publications is very effective. For example, a margarine manufacturer may want to advertise in a trade magazine for ...

Google previewThe National Agricultural Directory 2011 (2010)

com • African Indaba is a free bi-monthly e-Newsletter for hunter- conservationists and people who are interested in the incentive- driven-conservation of Africa's wild ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Anglicanism (2015)

by Colin Buchanan

INDABA. “Indaba” is a Zulu word describing a process that has been mirrored in various other parts of the world and has therefore become an internationalized term. The essence of the process is a form of community sharing, handling an ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Contemporary Politics of Southern Africa (2015)

by Gwyneth Williams, Brian Hackland

Indaba {South Africa) The Indaba (Zulu for meeting or discussion) is the term given to the attempt to set up a multi-racial, pro-business provincial government in Natal province. This would administer the affairs ofNatal andKwaZulu but would ...

Google previewDictionary of the British English Spelling System (2015)

by Greg Brooks

hacienda, hegira, hosanna, hydrangea, hyena, idea, iguana, indaba, influenza, koala, lactorrhoea, lacuna, liana, logorrhoea, Madonna, magenta, mahatma, manila, mantilla, mazurka, madeira, miasma, mimosa, nirvana,(o)edema,ocarina, ...

Google previewNew Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2012)

by Oxford University Press

indaba, Kaaba, Lualaba, Pearl Harbor, Saba, Sabah, Shaba . Samba r, sambhar . rebbe, Weber o . Bemba, December, ember, member, November, Pemba, September . belabour ...

Google previewChambers School Dictionary

indaba 'meeting' (from Zulu), lekker 'nice' ( from Afrikaans), South African English-speakers have also developed special uses ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

bestow Confer dignity on—ennoble Confer with—consult Conference—tutorial, symposium, meeting, powwow Conference among rival interest groups—indaba, palaver, powwow Conference of top officials—summit Confess—admit, own up ...

Google previewDictionary of the Tebele & Shuna Languages (1897)

With Illustrative Sentences and Some Grammatical Notes

tonisa indaba, try as a judge. ubuTofio, п., sleep. lala ubutouo, sleep. lobntoño, sleepy. Tonsa, v , draw, attract, pull, strain, drag, stretch, lead (an impi), tempt, tonsa ámenlo, attract attention. Toneela, v., draw ...

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