Sangoma Nokulinda Mkhize presents a talk on Ubizo, Mental Health & Intergenerational Trauma

Sangoma Nokulinda Mkhize will be hosting a talk on Ubizo, Mental Health and Intergenerational Trauma in Johannesburg at The Victory Theatre on Saturday the 3rd of September and on the 9th of September at Durban’s Kwa Muhle Museum.

31-year-old Nokulinda is a Pietermaritzburg-born sangoma and mother living and practicing her craft in Johannesburg. She’s been doing her work for eight and a half years; combining her academic knowledge, creative talents, and digital media expertise to pioneer an online sangoma consulting practice with local and international clientele.  Her practice has been featured extensively in local and international media including Al Jazeera, Elle Magazine, O Mag and Marie Claire, to name a few. Mkhize is also a former columnist for South Africa’s City Press newspaper.



Isangoma is someone who has been initiated as isangoma through the process of intwaso. Each culture has their own intwaso initiation rites and processes. “In my practice, I do divinations (ukubhula) using the traditional method of throwing bones. I do cleansings, healing and protection work using umuthi and the energy of water. I also connect people directly with their loved ones and ancestors in the spirit world. I am guided very strongly in all the healing methods I practice. My clients call upon me the most when they seek spiritual guidance, affirmation or clarity in resolving issues in their lives,” says Mkhize.


Mkhize (who is also referred to as*Gogo) also connects with clients via talks, “I host these talks in order to give people an understanding of our indigenous spiritual practices and knowledge within a contemporary context.” She says “My previous talks and workshops have been very personalised, and aimed at defining basic spiritual terms and practices. With this talk, I am reaching a much bigger audience on this talk, and broaching a very controversial but little-understood topic.”


“Professionals who are interested in a holistic view of mental health as it relates to indigenous spiritual cosmologies.” Should come to her latest talk, as should “People who are grappling with their personal journeys and spiritual health and people who are struggling to come to terms with or understand their callings, whether creative or spiritual”.


The 90-minute talk revolves around ubizo (The Calling) in relation to mental health and inter-generational trauma. Gogo explains, “The talk will address symptoms of an ancestral calling and other types of spiritual callings as they relate to and differ from  mental health issues and intergenerational trauma in South Africa. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation which conflate ubizo with mental health issues. The misconceptions continue to undermine the quality of life of a lot of black people. I felt it was important to clarify and address the misconceptions as a starting point for a much needed and overdue conversation addressing intergenerational trauma in our communities and country.”


The talk aims to:

  • highlight where ubizo (ancestral/creative/spiritual calling) intersects and diverges with symptoms of some mental illnesses.
  • explore a map of the beliefs and cosmologies of *iSintu and how they affect people’s worldviews regarding mental and physical health.
  • decode the lexicon of dreams, “witchcraft” and other supernatural phenomena to understand spiritual, emotional and mental distress and trauma.


Mkhize, who is honoured to have recently became a gobela*, hopes that those who attend, “Gain a better understanding of the complex relationship between mental and spiritual health, and be clear on what an ancestral calling to ubungoma is.”

Though she is currently not available for personal consultations you can connect with Mkhize via social media, “I run a digital healing practice from my website. Social media gives my work a broader reach, bigger impact, and makes me more accessible, as a healer. I use my twitter account to speak on topics of interest, and Instagram to share about the more personal aspects of my life as a sangoma.”

Meet Gogo in this short video:




MC: Kgopedi Lilokoe

Saturday 3rd September 2016

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Registration: 9:30 – 10:00

Venue: The New Victory Theatre

105 Louis Botha Avenue

corner Osbourne Road,

Houghton Estate



Tickets: Early bird rate R260 , then R280, R300 at the door. Book hereSnacks and sounds will be provided. Get more information on the talk or email events@ithonga.co.za. Alternatively, you can follow her on Twitter – @noksangoma.



In partnership with KaMuhle Museum and the Institute of Afrikology

Date: 9 September 2016

Time: 18:30 – 20:30

(registration from 17:45)

KwaMuhle Museum

130 Bram Fischer Road Durban

Tickets are free, and donations are welcome.

To pre-register for tickets book here.

Snacks and sounds will be provided


*Gogo – When someone is isangoma, referring to them as Gogo is a sign of respect for the elders that guide them, and the ancient knowledge they carry.

*Isintu – Systems of beliefs, views and practices that are indigenous to the people and cultures of our land.

*Gobela – isangoma who initiates those with ubizo – spiritual and ancestral calling –  into the practice of ubungoma.



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