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Odd Man Out: Labour, Politics And Dixon Konkola

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Like Joshua Nkomo and Roy Welensky, Konkola used a base in the trade unions on the Rhodesia Railways as his springboard to political prominence, albeit not nearly so great or long-lasting as theirs. His bouts with mental illness add an intriguing dimension to his career. This chapter provides a fuller portrait a man who was a significant 'player' in Zambia's last decade as a British colony. The trajectory of Konkola's early life echoes that of so many figures of the nationalist era. Konkola's own ability impressed the African Affairs Department officials, who assigned him to begin welfare work in Northern Rhodesia, based at the Railways' northern hub at Broken Hill. Nonetheless, Dixon Konkola was a man of considerable ability and charisma. He was a significant contributor to Northern Rhodesia/Zambia's political evolution in the 1950s. No history of that period is complete without him.

Keywords:African Affairs Department officials; Dixon Konkola; Joshua Nkomo; mental illness; Northern Rhodesia/Zambia's political evolution; Rhodesia Railways; Roy Welensky



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