Basotho Origin of Mathematics Interview

By Zulumathabo Zulu © 2016

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On June 12, 2016 (Kgweding ya Phupjane) I delivered a lecture titled Basotho Origin of Mathematics at Central University of Technology in the Faculty of Humanities. The event was organized by the Head of Mathematics, Science and Technology in the Faculty of Humanities Dr. Wendy Setlalentoa along with the Head of the Department of Life Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences Dr. Ntsoaki Leeu-Malebo and their respective colleagues.

The Dean of Faculty of Humanities Professor David Phathabantu Ngidi graced the occasion and highlighted the strategic importance of the indigenous knowledge systems with respect to mathematics especially considering the scholarly paper African Origin of Mathematical Teaching and Learning that was authored and delivered by Zulumathabo Zulu at the Southern African Society for Education at North West University – Mafikeng Campus and published in the conference proceedings book.

The SASE conference proceedings book was edited by Professor Connie Zulu and Dr. Fred Kwayisi of the Faculty of Education, North West University, Mafikeng.


Professor Connie Zulu, Faculty of Education, North West University, Mafikeng.



Left to Right: Prof. David Phathabantu Ngidi, Dean of Faculty Humanities, Mr Zulumathabo Zulu (showing Diketo mathematical artifact and also holding book) – the guest speaker and author of Sesotho Dictionary of Mathematics, Dr Wendy Setlalentoa, Head of Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology and Mr Lukanda Kalobo, Lecturer, Central University of Technology (thanks to Gratia).


The phenomenal scientist who boasts a rare combination of Western and African sciences Dr. Ntsoaki Leeu-Malebo, Head of the Department of Life Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Central University of Technology.

After the rendition of the lecture, the Journalist of OFM Radio and Bloemfontein Courant newspaper Ms. Thandi Xaba conducted the interview with me about how and why I came to be energized by the African mathematical knowledge.


OFM futuristic Journalist Thandi Xaba

Without further ado, listen to the clips below:

Audio interview clips 1 & 2

The Central University of Technology journal Gratia also wrote an article about this event. The article can be accessed as follows:

Basotho Origin of Mathematics


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