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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 ...