Tiyo Soga

SOGA, Tiyo. b. 1829; d. 12 August 1871. Soga was born in Gwali, Tyumie Valley, South Africa and died in Tutura, South Africa. JJ noted that ‘The Rev. Tiyo Soga, a gifted Kafir missionary educated by the United Presbyterian Church, and early removed by death, compiled a book of hymns, which was printed in Scotland’ (p.757). A more recent account by J. A. Millard indicates that Soga was the first Xhosa ordained in the United Presbyterian Church. Though his training at the Lovedale Mission was interrupted after two years by war in 1846, he was able to finish his theological education in Glasgow. He returned to the Eastern Cape in 1849 and, while working as an evangelist and catechist, ‘began...

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