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Gogo Majola AKA Dr Mvoko Biography
I have been a qualified traditional healer for the past 7 years. Currently, I am registered with the African National Healers Association (ANHA) as Dr. Mvoko. Academically I am a qualified civil engineering professional with 17 years of experience of working in the construction/government/parastatal and public sectors. Spiritually I grew up was a Jehova’s Witness member from 1983 until 2001. In seek of my spiritual belonging in the year 2002 until 2009 I became a member of a charismatic church and I was classified as a Born Again Christian. During 2010 I became a Methodist churchgoer. In 2012 I visited one of the Pentecostal /Prophetic churches which gave light to my spiritual path, that’s when I got come clarity of my destined path.
In April 2013 I started my traditional initiation school (Ukuthwasa) until November 2013. The process took 8months of intense training on Nguni/Ndawu and Prophetic spirits. In 2017 I then completed another spiritual session and initiation as giving honour and respect to my Xhosa culture, I did “Ukunqoqoza” and graduated 7 days later. Since then I have never looked back and I don’t regret my destined path. In 2017 I left the corporate/civil engineering industry and giving my all to the calling and gifts from the ones before me. My ancestors have gifted me to do the following:
1. Consult and heal using the Ndawu spirit (ukufemba)
2. Consult and heal using Nguni spirit (throw bones)
3. Consult and heal using Prophetic spirit (candles and water)
4. Consult through Card reading/Crystal and Reiki Healing
I currently run and conduct #Africanspirituality workshops where we debate and share knowledge about Spirituality/Culture/Tradition and Christianity which also includes benefits of using Traditional Medicine
Contact Dr Mvoko:
Cell number: 0658207475
Durban-born and originally from Eastern Cape town knows as Matatiele, Gogo Majola , her spiritual name, gave in to her calling despite her a flourishing career in civil engineering to become an indigenous healer. “It’s my calling, my destiny, my path, my journey, my ancestors groomed me for this,” she says.
“At first I kept on denying my calling, focusing on my career, but lost and found jobs several times, going to apostolic churches and had several sicknesses, I eventually accepted the calling of my ancestors,” she adds.
Before her transition Gogo Majola, whose birth name is Zukiswa Mvoko, worked for some of the country’s largest firms, including electricity parastatal Eskom and construction company Murray and Roberts, among others. She was also a devout born-again Christian before following her spiritual path as an Indigenous healer.
“I belong to the Royal Kingdom of EMbo Nation,’ Mvoko says.
The Embo is led by King Bhungane III, under the guidance and mentorship of Governor Patrick Mashele from Embo Kingdom she gains exposure to the history of Embo, In the Embo Kingdom there are various sections of operation one of them being Indigenous Healers Institute where she is one of the representatives. Mentored by Joshua Maponga who is a founder of Afrikan Indigenous Movement (AIM) and heads the Arts and Culture in the Embo Kingdom she is learning both sides of spiritual diversity. The origins of Embo is in Embomma, now known as Boma, which according to www.brittanica.com, is a city and port on the Congo River estuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Proudly Embo, Mvoko began attending traditional initiation school (Ukuthwasa) in 2013, where she received eight months of training on Nguni/Ndawu and prophetic spirits. By 2017, she completed another spiritual training acknowledging her other gifts, which she described the opportunity to honor and show respect to her Xhosa culture, again in 2015 she completed Reiki and Crystal Healing courses to acknowledge her other extended gifts.
“Since then I have never looked back and don’t regret my destined path. In 2017 I was chased out of the corporate/civil engineering industry by my ancestors and I had to give my all to the calling and gifts from the ones before me,” she says, adding that she retains an interest in the profession on a consultancy basis as an entrepreneur.
Mvoko consults and heals using the Ndawu spirit (ukufemba), Nguni spirit (throw bones), prophetic spirit (candles and water) and through card reading/crystal and reiki healing. Through the support of ANHA, AIM and EMBO kingdom “I currently run and conduct #Africanspirituality workshops where we debate and share knowledge about Spirituality/Culture/Tradition and Christianity which also includes benefits of using Traditional Medicine,” she says. Since 2016 todate, she has been sharing her knowledge and teachings through various media platforms of which she refers to as one of her callings to ”Educate” and bring Enlightenment in order to evoke balance and regain dignity to the Afrikan Child on the wholistic African Spirituality Life Style whereby indigenous healing is one of the aspects. This pandemic phase is calling the Afrikan child back to his/her roots.
Mvoko - Gogo Majola – as she is better known, belongs to a growing body of 200 000 individuals practicing as traditional healers across the country. They follow in the footsteps of their ancestors who have been practicing African Spirituality which existed for centuries before the arrival of Western Christian missionaries on the African continent introduced Christianity.
African medicine has come under sharp spotlight during the Covid-19 pandemic following the discovery of a medication hailed as a cure in Madagascar.
Mvoko is also member of plus 3000 Members of African National Healers Association (ANHA) working together with Embo Kingdom, has congratulated Madagascar for trusting indigenous medicine in fighting the corona virus pandemic. The association said it is eagerly awaiting the outcome of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) study of the Madagascar tonic called Covid- Organics. According to the association, the herb, Artemisia, known as lengana in seSotho and seTswana or umhlonyane in isiZulu, is regarded one of the proven remedies for respiratory infections, even for babies. Umhlonyane and other indigenous herbs can assist in immune boosting against colds and fever which are recommended during this pandemic, amongst others the herbs are Cannabis/Marujana,Honeybush,Aloe,African Potato/Inyathelo and Unwele. She advised that instead of western vaccination these herbs and many others can be used to fight the pandemic and other human deficiencies, as each herb is multifunctional.
“When this Covid Pandemic started most of us Indigenous Healers in South Africa did mentioned the use of umhlonyane. A month later Madagascar its all over the news and this was never taken into consideration by our own government,” she said.
Madagascar’s Covid-19 remedy has pushed traditional medicine higher up on the global agenda. In May the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement welcoming innovation around the world including repurposing drugs, traditional medicines and developing new therapies in the search for potential treatments for COVID-19.
“WHO recognizes that traditional, complementary and alternative medicine has many benefits and Africa has a long history of traditional medicine and practitioners that play an important role in providing care to populations. Medicinal plants such as Artemisia annua are being considered as possible treatments for COVID-19 and should be tested for efficacy and adverse side effects,” the statement said.
In January 2019, a journal article entitled African Traditional Medicine: South African Perspective by Mmamosheledi E. Mothibe and Mncengeli Sibanda, said African traditional medicine has been used by African populations for the treatment of diseases long before the advent of orthodox medicine.
As an example, they wrote that some of the plants used for diabetes mellitus, such as Aloe ferox, have also been investigated scientifically for anti-diabetic properties.
The leaf, as well as the sap from the leaf, of Aloe ferox is commonly used in African traditional medicine, and in vitro and in vivo studies have shown that it has insulin-increasing activity which may be the mechanism by which it reverses hyperglycaemia. Ubulawu, a traditional medicine prepared from roots of Silene bellidioides and stem of Helinus integrifolius, is used to cleanse the body and the mind.
The article states that a number of animal products are also used by healers, with the highest reported sales in the African traditional medicine market in Faraday, Johannesburg being crocodiles, pythons and baboons. In traditional healing, they said that the fat of the crocodile is mixed with ground bark of Cryptocarya latifolia for the treatment of chest pain, and with ashes of burnt powdered bark of Euclea natalensis for treatment of abnormal growths.
National coordinator of the Traditional Healer’s Association Phephsile Maseko told speakers during a recent webinar on 22 May organised by the University of KwaZulu Natal on the role of traditional healers during Covid-19 that they were facing a challenge of legitimacy. “It’s so unfortunate in a country and continent that we have to constantly remind our principals of who we are,” said Maseko a traditional healer from Soshanguve, 30 kilometres north of Pretoria.
She said traditional healers may have been ignored by the government, but they were certainly involved in being an integral player in terms of health solutions with 24 plants and 8 medicines currently being investigated by South African scientists for its healing properties at the University of the Free State through a partnership linked to the Department of Science and Innovation.
Maseko was not alone. Bhedlindaba VVO Ka Luphuzi Mkhize, the president and founder of Umsamo Institute/Isigodlo Sase Mlambomunye), also lamented: “Government’s reluctance to consult widely with African indigenous spiritualists, medicine specialists and healers (and the condescension of Western healthcare practitioners towards our sector) during the fight against the pandemic is regretful, since there is a great deal of research to support our relevance to millions of people.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy David Mabuza met with traditional healers a few days before the lockdown kicked into gear on 26 March.
UKZN academic Hassan Kaya said the COVID-19 was a global pandemic affecting everybody. “The issue of respect and solidarity among all knowledge systems including their knowledge holders and practitioners, in its mitigation, is very important for social justice and sustainable public healthcare”.
“It is cultural arrogance when one knowledge system dominates all global ways of knowing and value systems, creating a hierarchy of knowledge systems in global knowledge economy. There is a tendency in the world dominated by western science, to look at indigenous knowledge holders and practitioners including traditional healers, who do not have a formal background in western science as not expert enough to contribute meaningfully to science and mitigation of global pandemics such as COVID-19,” the professor said.
Given the Madagascar example, traditional leaders, like Mvoko and Maseko, believe alternative healing should be given a chance during Covid-19 too. But first they’ve got to gain the acceptance of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, whose duty it is to register all traditional healers – but the authority has also been urged by Maseko to transform, indicating the ongoing obstacles facing traditional healers.
If you wish to become a traditional healer, it’s been described as a calling from one’s ancestors, but training is necessary, and the THO offers beginners a five-day workshop at R450 with a certificate of attendance and membership booklet.
Gogo Majola has not looked back since she embraced her calling!