Welcome to my home
I won first place in the Crazy Carnival Eats contest for the 2019 Panhistoria Parade. They liked my cricket-flavored tacos. Yum!
You should try them. Crickets are nutritious and cricket farming is good for the environment. I think Nakia would approve of them. I look a lot like her.
My name is
My persona was drawn by the talented Keith Christensen and can be seen in The Art of Black Panther book.
Nceba means "mercy" in the Xhosa language. The "c" is a click sound in Xhosa.
I come from Wakanda. People like to say that the people of Wakanda have lived in the same place for 10,000 years. That's just a tale for children. In reality the location of Wakanda has changed over time.
The first nation called Wakanda was in West Africa on the northwestern shore of Lake Chad around Kanem Bornu (ie Marvel Atlas 2008). Niger was to the north, Nigeria to the south, and Chad was on the east. Various Nilo-Saharan languages have been associated with this area. The ancestors of the Kanem and Bornu empires spoke Teda, Daza, and Tebu, which are Nilo-Saharan languages. Eventually, the Kanem and Bornu states merged. Kanuri, a Western Saharan language that is part of the Nilo-Saharan language family, was used as a lingua franca in Kanem Bornu. The use of Kanuri is now being replaced by Hausa and Arabic. In the 2nd century AD Ptolemy described an African kingdom in the Lake Chad area called Agisymba. Was that Wakanda? We will never say. Between 83 and 92 AD the Garamantes Berbers in the north (southwestern Libya) claimed the Agisymba were subject to the Garamantes. Hmmmph, I say.
Later Wakanda moved to East Africa around Lake Turkana (ie 2010 and Captain America Civil War). The Turkana speak an Eastern Nilotic language, which is believed to be part of the Nilo-Saharan language family. Other groups speak Nilotic (Nilo-Saharan) or Cushitic (Afro-Asiatic) languages. Cushitic speakers began moving from Ethiopia into the Great Rift Valley around the third millennium BC. Cushitic languages are spoken as far down as Tanzania. The now-extinct Taita Cushitic language was spoken in the Taita Hills of Kenya. Taita Cushitic has been replaced by a Bantu language. The land around Lake Turkana is semi-arid.
The current location is by Lake Kivu and Rwanda in central Africa. The people of Rwanda speak Kinyarwanda, which is a Bantu language and belongs to the Niger-Congo language family. Kiswahili (and French and English) are also spoken there.
So why do some Wakandans speak Xhosa? Xhosa is a Nguni Bantu language with click consonants. The "x" in Xhosa represents a click as does the "c" in my name. The click consonants come from intermingling with the Khoisan peoples, who were the original inhabitants of the area where Wakanda is located. The Khoisan are now concentrated in southwestern Africa but they used to live in East Africa and in the Congo rainforest. The Wakandan language is similar to Xhosa in that Wakandan was influenced by Bantu speakers, who began their migration across Africa around 1000 AD, and was influenced by Khoisan speakers, who gave Wakandan its lovely click sounds.
You can see Where is Wakanda for maps showing where Wakanda has been located. I have added linguistic and historical information from Wikipedia and books about African history.
Wakanda is a beautiful place with much to teach the outside world. As T'Challa said:
“In times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.”