Definition of Nuba in English:

Nuba

noun

  • A member of a Nilotic people inhabiting southern Kordofan, a region in Sudan.

    • ‘The woman who charmed Hitler, danced with the Nuba, took up scuba diving in her 70s, and was rescued from a helicopter crash in the Sudan at age 97, possessed bedazzling qualities.’
    • ‘Leni Riefenstahl was captivated and offered Rodger £1,000 if he would instruct her on how to find the Nuba.’
    • ‘Like the Darfurians they have suffered neglect and exploitation, and in the 1980s young Nuba rose in revolt.’
    • ‘Those laws have had serious consequences for the Nuba
    • ‘The Nuba use ritual practices of body marking to define stages in physical and spiritual maturation.’
    • ‘Garang has therefore recruited from exploited non-Arab communities on the fringes of northern Sudan, such as the Nuba, and the string of peoples along the Blue Nile valley close to Ethiopia.’
    • ‘I studied the plight of the Nuba whilst at university and was angered that no one even knew about the massacres.’
    • ‘For me, the Nuba are the symbol of man's living in harmony with nature.’
    • ‘The Nuba are a collection of non-Arab peoples, distinct from their Sudanese Arab neighbors in appearance, culture, and way of life.’
    • ‘Does it really matter whether the artist actually visited with the Nuba or not?’
    • ‘In the 1960s Riefenstahl began making trips to Africa, and in 1973 she published a photographic essay about a tribe in the Sudan, The Last of the Nuba.’
    • ‘Taking the ethnic perspective further, the Nuba of Sudan found little beauty in the appearance of the English anthropologist James Faris; he had a beard, hair on his arms, and white skin.’
    • ‘It has been estimated that during the 1980s more than 500,000 Nuba were relocated to desert camps, ‘where, according to a UN official, not even a locust can survive.’’

adjective

  • Relating to the Nuba.

    • ‘Because of animist and Christian resistance to Arabisation and Islamisation, a civil war erupted, claiming up to half a million of southern Sudanese lives by 1972-mostly from the Dinka and Nuba groups.’
    • ‘Celebrate Christmas Eve Mass under the stars with the Nuba Catholic community.’
    • ‘The SPLA controlled nearly ninety per cent of the countryside in the south and maintained lines of communication with fighters in the Nuba mountains and Ingessana hills.’
    • ‘A Nuba elder - looking exasperated and bewildered - complained that all Riefenstahl and the tourists following her ever really wanted was ‘pictures of people without clothes.’’
    • ‘Unfortunately, SCP did not give equal concern for Nuba, Beja, Southern, and Darfur populations - the Sudanese-African genuine ethnic entities.’
    • ‘However, while the family to which she was enslaved was holidaying in Sudan, Mende had the opportunity to contact fellow Nuba exiles and plan her getaway.’
    • ‘I recently spoke to Nuba warriors here about their struggle and asked them what they thought of the peace agreement.’
    • ‘In the 90s, attacks against the Nuba people targeted Christians and Muslims, churches and mosques, indiscriminately.’
    • ‘Like her inclusion of Jesse Owens's feats in Olympia, Riefenstahl's Nuba fixation is often taken as evidence of her disaffection with Nazi politics.’
    • ‘Riefenstahl made heroes of a mountain girl, a dictator, an athlete, a Nuba tribesman, an underwater realm.’
    • ‘Her arguments failed to convince many Germans then, as now, and in the 50s she became a near recluse, taking up still photography and traveling to Africa, where she encountered the Nuba people and was taken by their beauty.’
    • ‘The Nuba Mountains are not in the war zone in the south where most of the civil war fighting is taking place but some Nuba people have joined the SPLA and have fought against government forces.’
    • ‘Subsequent projects, including a 1974 study of the Nuba tribe in Africa and her final project on marine life, which she herself filmed underwater, confirmed her place as a gifted and innovative artist.’
    • ‘Among her better-known projects in the post-war period were photographic books of African Nuba tribesmen.’
    • ‘George Rodger's photographs of wrestlers from the Nuba tribe of southern Sudan taken in 1949 have fascinated generations of photographers.’
    • ‘Fighting even spread into the Nuba mountains and Ingessana hills (Southern Blue Nile).’
    • ‘Many Southerners, Beja, and Nuba leaders joined the Mahdiya and led armies as influential emirs.’
    • ‘Some of the marks in this work are reminiscent of Nuba designs.’
    • ‘Some are sold, perhaps even exported: the American embassy in Khartoum has acknowledged as ‘credible’ reports that Dinka and Nuba children from southern Sudan are being sold on into Libya.’
    • ‘He had to overcome intense heat, inhospitable conditions and disease in his pursuit to make lasting records of the lives of the Shilluk, Dinka, Nuer, Nuba and Jur peoples.’

Origin

From Latin Nubae ‘Nubians’.

Pronunciation

Nuba

/ˈno͞obə/