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Thursday, 08 December 2011 05:55

Chief Luthuli and Nokukhanya in Norway

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Three days after leaving their home in Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal, Chief Luthuli and Nokukhanya arrive in Oslo, Norway, where Luthuli will receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. He received a warm welcome and was shortly reunited with exiled ANC stalwarts, including Oliver Tambo and M B Yengwa, as well as international friends, including Mary Louise Hooper and John Reuling. After years of being marginalised and banned by the Apartheid Government, Chief Luthuli was suddenly in the international limelight and a hectic schedule of interviews, lectures, sermons and audiences with dignitaries ensued.

The Nobel committee selected Luthuli to receive the award in recognition of his efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination and injustice in South Africa through peaceful methods.  In his acceptance speech, Luthuli said “Our vision has always been that of a non-racial, democratic South  Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens with equal rights and responsibilities with all others.”

Additional Info

  • Object Name: Print, Photographic
  • Object ID: LutMus2004.01.006.026
  • Creator: -
  • Date: 8 Dec 1961
  • Description: Black and white image of Luthuli and Nokukhanya, both wearing coats and holding bunches of flowers. Nokukhanya also wears a hat and her handbag is hooked over her left arm. A small crowd is visible behind them, as well as two large flags.
  • People: Luthuli, Chief Albert; Luthuli, Nokukhanya


Laura Gibson currently manages the digitisation and collections management project at Luthuli Museum, Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal.

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