African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa

NZAME

Bantu Creator God

Also known as NAZ, NZAMBI

Creator God and mythological soap star

The story so far...

After consultation with the animals, Nzame creates the first man, FAM, who is blessed with power, wealth and immortality. And he turns out to be an arrogant cocky wastrel. Nzame buries him in a hole and tries again.

Second man SEKUME, being made mortal, is far more modest, and humbly makes himself a wife out of a tree. (Her name is MBONGWE, which may or may not be of any importance in the long run.) Original man FAM, playing the immortality card, comes back from the dead to create trouble. End of episode one.

Next week, Nzame falls in love with new girl Mboya, and they have a son called BINGO. Yes, BINGO.

There are many episodes of family quarrels, squabbles and feuds until Nzame, in a fit of rage, throws Bingo out of Heaven. (By now the soap was going on so long it needed a bit of fresh impetus.) BINGO is found by an elderly wizard called OTOYOM who secretly raises the Godly child.

Nzame, now repentant, searches together with Mboya through many episodes to find their lost child, but OTOYOM is always one magic step ahead of them. BINGO reaches adulthood and becomes a teacher to all mankind.

The saga continues. Will Nzame ever find him? Will he ever be reconciled to his parents? Will he ever confess to being Mebeghe on his day off? What is FAM up to? Is SEKUME still married to a tree? Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode of THE NZAME SHOW.

Nzame Facts and Figures

Name: Nzame
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: NAZ, NZAMBI

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Bantu of the Congo
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: OKAY, not bad
Popularity index: 224

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Article last updated on May 19, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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