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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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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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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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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, ...