Dudu Busani- Dube’s Zulu Wedding tells the story of a choreographer named Lungile. She lived a content life, up until the day she discovered a letter detailing how her parent’s relationship was never approved from her mother’s side of the family.
The families made a deal with the ancestors that Lungile would be betrothed to a Zulu king. Lungile, however ran away from home (South Africa) shortly after her parents died in a car accident. She never knew that her life was meant to be paid back to ancestors, in order for the families to live peacefully together.
On her 21st birthday, her uncle Phineas sent her on an overseas on a trip and she used that opportunity to deal with her loss and find ways to get in the dancing industry.
The author shows the reader that the current generation does not believe in forced marriages. The older generation learnt to love their partners, unlike the current generation who refuse to do thing according to older traditions.
The writer also offers a glimpse of the Royal house (the Mzimelas) that Lungile was meant to marry into. People from that village were worried about their future as a drought came upon them. They are caught between selling the land and find means of survival because the land is a legacy to them.
Conflict arises when the King try to convince his people to sell the land. Most of them refuse to sell their legacy – the land.
The author is well-known for the Hlomu The Wife story series that follows the lives of 7 Zulu brothers from KwaZulu Natal and came to Johannesburg to being feared taxi owners. In all Busani-Dube’s writing, she uses a relatable subject surrounding African tradition.
The author once said that she is a creator and none of the books are based on her life.
By Ntsiki Ntsibande