Northern Ndebele a member of the Nguni group of Bantu
languages. It is spoken in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South
Africa by about 2-3 million people.
Northern Ndebele is related to Zulu, and might be considered
a variety or descendent of Zulu. This is because the Ndebele people
in Zimbabwe are descendents of followers of Mzilikazi
(1790-1868), a Zulu king who from South Africa who founded
Matabeleland in what is now Zimbabwe. They acquired the name
Ndebele through contact with the Ndebele people in South Africa.