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Bambatha ka Mancinza (1865/6–1906), chief and rebel in Natal, was born in 1865 or 1866 in the Umvoti division of the British colony of Natal. He was the son of the chief Mancinza (also called Sobhuza) ka Jangeni (d. 1883) and a daughter of the Chunu chief ...

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Cetshwayo [Cetewayo] ka Mpande (c. 1826–1884), king of the Zulu, the eldest son of King Mpande (d. 1872) and Ngqumbazi, daughter of the Zungu chief Mbondi, was born at his father's Mlambongwenya homestead near Eshowe.

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Chwa, Daudi (1896–1939), king of Buganda, was born on 8 August 1896, a younger son of Kabaka Basamula Danieri Mwanga (c. 1866–1903) and one of his wives, Evalina Kulabako. Mwanga was deposed for taking up arms against the British in 1897, the infant ...

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Dingane ka Senzangakhona (c. 1798–1840), king of the Zulu, born in the south-eastern corner of emaKhosini, Babanango district, Natal, was the son of Senzangakhona (c.1757–1816), Zulu chief, and a junior wife, Mpikase. He spent his early manhood under his half-brother Shaka's...

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Dinizulu [Dinuzulu] ka Cetshwayo (1868–1913), Zulu king, was the eldest son of Cetshwayo ka Mpande (c. 1826–1884) and his senior wife, Novimbi Msweli, and thus the heir apparent to the Zulu kingship. Aged five, in 1873 he witnessed his father's coronation by ...

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Dunn, John Robert (1833–1895), chief in the Zulu kingdom, was born, it is believed, at Port Alfred, Cape Colony, the son of Robert Newton Dunn, a Scottish emigrant, and his second wife, Ann Biggar. The family moved to Natal, where the young John Dunn...

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Ja Ja of Opobo [formerly Jubo Jubagha] (c. 1821–1891), merchant and king of Opobo, was born in Amaigbo, a village in what became the Orlu division of Nigeria. Cast out from his family (apparently because of an ill-omened physical defect) he was sold as a slave to the coastal state of ...

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Khama the Great (c. 1835–1923), chief of the Ngwato, was born at Mashu in Ngwato country, in what later became Botswana. Son and heir of Sekogma I (c.1795–1883), Khama grew up in years of relative peace. In his early twenties, to his father's annoyance, he fell under the influence of an itinerant evangelist and in May 1860 was baptized a Christian. ...

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Khama the Great (c. 1835–1923) by Elliott & Fry, pubd 1902 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Labotsibeni (c. 1858–1925), queen mother and queen regent of Swaziland, was born at Luhlekweni in northern Swaziland about 1858, the daughter of Matsanjana Mdluli. At the time of her birth, her father was away fighting the people of Tsibeni in what became the ...

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Lewanika (c. 1842–1916), king of Barotseland, was born in the kingdom of Bulozi (later Barotseland). Originally known as Lubosi, he was the son of Prince Litia (d. 1863) and his wife, Inonge, and a grandson of King Mulambwa, one of the most powerful rulers of the Lozi kingdom. His birth came soon after the invasion of ...

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Lobengula Khumalo (c. 1835–1893/4?), king of the Ndebele, was born in Mkwahla, a tiny settlement lying between the Marico and Crocodile rivers in what later became the Transvaal. He was one of eight sons acknowledged by Mzilikazi, ruler of the Ndebele (Matabele...

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Lozikeyi (b. before 1869, d. 1919), Ndebele queen of Bulawayo, was one of Cecil Rhodes's most effective opponents. Her father was Ngogo Dlodlo, and her mother was MaTshabalala, whose mother was Nxongo. Ngogo Dlodlo's family are said to have been kings in Zululand...

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Mapondera, Kadungure (1840s–1904), warrior chief in Africa, was born at Nyota, a mountain stronghold of the Negomo dynasty, in what is now northern Mashonaland, Zimbabwe. Mapondera's mother, Mwera, was a mhondwa, a slave wife, but there is no agreement as to who his father was. Some accounts favour ...

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Moshoeshoe (c. 1786–1870) by R. S. Webb, 1860 ? reserved / Oxford University Press

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Moshoeshoe (c. 1786–1870), paramount chief (morena o moholo) of the southern Sotho and founder of the Basotho (Basuto) kingdom, was born, probably about 1786, in the village of Menkhoaneng in the north of modern Lesotho, the son of Mokhachane (d. 1855), a village headman, and of his first wife, ...

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Moshoeshoe II (1938–1996), king of Lesotho, was born on 2 May 1938 at Thabang, Mokhotlong district, Basutoland, the son of Sebueng, a commoner who was the second wife of Simon Seeiso Griffith (1905–1940), briefly paramount chief of Basutoland from 1939 to 1940. At his birth he was given the name ...

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Mutesa II (1924–1969), king of Buganda, was born Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Mutesa on 19 November 1924 in Kampala, Uganda, the only son of Kabaka Daudi Chwa II (d. 1939) and his wife, Irene Namaganda. Mutesa was the thirty-fifth ...

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Mwanga, Basamula Danieri (c. 1866–1903), king of Buganda, born in the royal capital at Nakawa, Kyadondo, Buganda, was the son of King Mutesa I (c.1838–1884) and Bagalayaza Abisagi of the otter clan, one of his many wives. Shortly after Mutesa's death on 10 October 1884, ...

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Sandile (c. 1820–1878), chief of the Ngqika Xhosa, son of Chief Ngqika and his great wife, Sutu, was born in independent Xhosa near the later Fort Beaufort in South Africa. He was installed as chief in 1842 and led the Ngqika Xhosa until his death in battle in 1878. In accordance with Xhosa custom he had several wives and many children. His great wife was ...