Nokukhanya (MaBhengu) Luthuli 1904 – 1996
Nokukhanya Bhengu was born at the Umngeni American Board (Congregationalist) Mission on 3 March 1904. Her paternal grandfather, Ndlokolo Bhengu, was the chief of the Ngcolosi people. Her father, Nokukhanya_BenguMaphitha Bhengu was one of the early converts of the Umngeni Congregationalist Mission. Nokukhanya began her schooling at the Ohlange Institute in Inanda in 1913 and was an outstanding student. One of the teachers at Inanda Seminary recommended her to Adams College for a teachers training course. During this time in South Africa, there were very few opportunities for black people to develop their skills. Teaching, Nursing and clerical opportunities were among the few popular career options.
Nokukhanya enrolled at Adams College in 1920 and did a two-year teachers’ training course. In 1922 she began to teach at Mpushini near Pietermaritzburg. Later that year she taught at Inanda day school. In 1923 she was invited to stand in for a teacher at Adams College, who had gone overseas. This also gave her the opportunity to take her higher teachers diploma. It was at this time that she met Albert Luthuli who was her teacher for Zulu and School Organisation.