The Humba clan

Totems are unifiers and promote oneness and unity among members of the same clan. In this article, we look at Humba (Makombe) totem. Humba is a wild pig which is very strong and determined to always win and this is possibly what prompted the fore-bearers to identify themselves by this animal as it inspired them to work hard. Traditionally, elders used to praise, eulogize or extol a family member who did well using detailed and structured words of compliments and below is how the Humba (Makombe) family members praise each other by their totem:              

Humba Nyanguru, Maita Chiunga, 
Maita Humba, 
Mwana waMakombe, Chomera, 
Maita Nguruve, Mutakurwa, 
Zvaitwa tateguru wangu Makombe, 
Maita waDukudza, ari Jekacheka. 
Maita Chirema, 
Mapadza aripo, 
Asi muchiapa veranda, 
Maita vari Barwe, Gwindingwi guru, 
Vanodzira imba namatope, 
Muno muromo unenge gombe rokucheresa mvura. 
Zvaitwa Nyanguru, 
Makapedza rudzi rwavamwe nenyuchi, 
Maita VaKarota, 
Zvaonekwa Rima, 
Tatenda VaChevakaranga naChibonoyo. 
Zvaitwa waGosa, 
Mwana waZunzangara. 
Maita vari Karomokapuwe. 
Tinotenda vari Matitima. 
Kuna Nyadekese, kuna Zambezi. 
Aiwa zvaitwa mwana waMatope. 
Zvaonekwa Nyanguru. 
Zvaonekwa Humba. 
Nguruve, Chitambanamatope

Words that are inspiring agricultural economic development are, Maita Chirimanemuromo, Mapadza aripo, Asi muchiapa veranda, Gwindingwi guru and Chitambanamatope. It is rare to see a family member loitering around the house as they will be in the field farming there by borrowing the idea of (Chitambanamatope) always in the field form the totem. The able bodied (Chirimanemuromo) people erect large pieces of land thus the growth and development of cash cropping in the area.

Iron smelting and pottery making are part of the economic activities done by the Humba people and the activities should be understood in the context of specialisation. Hoes are a good examples of handcraft produces that were used to till the land (Mapadza aripo).  Also, Livestock production is an important economic activity practised by this clan, including cattle, sheep and goats as part of the domestic animals. 

By Leon Chigwanda

52 Replies to “The Humba clan”

  1. Very informative & very much Makombe. Please Add more information if possible starting from the Chiefs & their migration in Africa.

      1. From what I’ve read recently we come from the Barwe region which is modern day Barue district in Mozambique and is quit close to Nyanga national park.
        so id say our roots are in Barue, which was part of the broader manyika kingdom but was seperated into modern day mozambique during colonisation.
        i think the humba clan probably emerged during the mutapa state days.

        1. i think we are somewhat linked to Matope Nyanhewe nebadza who was the second mutapa king and that is between 1450 to 1480 who succeeded nyatsimba mutota. i think so because of the reverence between his name and our clan praises.
          when Matope was in power, he expanded the mutapa teritorry eastwards by conquering the barwe , Manyika, Sofala, Uteve, Madanda, Chidima, Sena, Guruuswa [Butua], Mbire and so on. Matope exercised powers of paramount chief over North-East Mashonaland and much of present day Mozambique.

  2. Humba Makombe NYANGURU ndifefe wanhu wacho. Ekoko kumbotyei . Mabvira kuita basa guru rekufundisa. Rambai mudotyaro.

  3. Zvaonekwa Humba,VaChirimanemuromo.

    Thank you very for the very informative and inspiring historical facts.We definitely need to know about our roots.To know who we are and our identity.

  4. Wow, and I didn’t know the craftmanship and farming in me was all because of the clan I belong too. Thanks a lot for the enlightenment.

  5. Thanks so much for teaching me about my clan proudly MAKOMBE please how can I get in touch with you for more information about my roots.
    Zvaitwa Humba

  6. I hv been Running around doing different hustles bt life wasn’t coming right to me and I wasn’t happy wth my life, I came back to Zim abt 4 months ago and I started thinking of zvekurima and poultry farming and since then I hv been happy wth what m doing of wch I ddnt knw that was my life until today when I saw this. M inspired

  7. No one does land preparation than a Humba Makombe. They should be controlling the granneries of Africa.

  8. What are the females called
    For example Mhofu totem, males are called Mhofu and females are called Chihera… What about the Makombe females..

  9. Interesting stuff hey thanks humba makombe. Another funny fact about humba kkkkkk ndaseka zvangu pandaenda pa google kkkk. Hanzi “pork humba” is a traditional philipino dish. So hw did this ended up in Philippines kkk

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