The 10 Known and Little-Known African Kings

The 10 Known and Little-Known African Kings

Africa is one of the earliest history of the world. This place is full of great leaders and kings to work their way to build a better world should not be a surprise.



Some of them may not be very well known, though, that does not count them to be some of the largest African kings. It is known and little-known African Kings 10:

10. Askia the Great


Askia Mohammad was great Ture and Songhai Empire was created to make the biggest and greatest empire that Africa has ever seen. The postwar successor to the throne and was heard to beat the bear heard the Aghoke, meaning the Askia called a force.

Once he was strong by dividing the state run by a viceroy four main provinces, each to his liking took power. To ensure their loyalty, given as a wife, a daughter from each of these feudal lords and put every high to ensure official with no way related to the their fate was tied to the governors and the marriage of their daughters for dignitaries.

Sudan flourished but became blind in his old age in your power. He said rumors that his brother was kept a secret Act and replace it by spreading it looked anyone in the eye, they would be cursed as a spokesman. Unfortunately, their blindness Word eventually got out. Moses cried out a name from among his sons and forced to give up his throne. And finally took a seat, his sons and exile, Askia, forced a great African kings. Fortunately for him, he was a faithful son. Together they have decided to take the throne of Songhai and move back to the capital. The Askia, saw the rest of his days in the palace of 80. He was buried villages and stay at ripe old age of this tomb is now a World Heritage Site.

9. Sundiata Keita


Sundiata Keita and his mother at an early age and above, the biggest fear in a half-brother to the fate of the African kings were forced to flee their homeland Kangaba out to kill them. He returned to his people from the king Suso Kangaba Sundiata Keita and his government to free immediately attacked. Suso after he defeated the host went on to expand his empire Gold Fields pulling it towards the valley of the Senegal River in Ghana. As the great Mali Empire of the castle on the go.

8. Moshoeshoe


Moshoeshoe first Sotho founded the nation now known as Lesotho. He earned his reputation as a brave and generous Raider cattle for both allies and enemies. He took the throne for his tribe once when he used military force and diplomatic ingenuity to repel attacks and colonial British East African rivals boar. Although the colonial invaders attack proved difficult to defeat, he had to spend a majority of their time and the Boers and the British retreat is still used diplomatic channels by inviting French missionaries in the country. The war took its toll on him and his resources to their most successful resistance to colonial rule, and in 1887 he was forced to give up large tracts of land. Moshoeshoe today is among the most famous African kings.

7. Osei Tutu


Osei Tutu Ashanti Empire had inherited his father's throne. At an early age while serving in the Royal Court, where he gained political support military generals to take the throne after the death of his father he learned about politics. Throne was found Deikiyara he went to conquer the kingdom as well as other neighboring countries to create the most powerful empire in the region. Luck was on his side and speaking derivatives of these areas were already in favor of a unified state. He drafted a constitution where the supreme leader of the Ashanti Kingdom of the Golden Stool as the power center and the seat of its power outline people Asantahene each one of the local chiefs of It took advantage. Empire went to prosper for 200 years that began when he was defeated by the British colonialists.

6. Sunni Ali Ber


Soghai vast majority of expanding empire over 28 years, Sunni Ali berries, cruelest took place under the rule of the kings of Africa. He conquered Timbuktu in 1492 along with other major trading cities of Western Sahara and East Sudan. He watched as the Arab Muslim invaders in their country and defeat Mandinka people who aligned with them. He refused to employ Muslim scholars in order and came down hard on Muslims who opposed his rule in Timbuktu. The berries surrounding areas with apparent ease conquered, but he was never able to win the hearts of his people. She hated him for being a cruel dictator and accused him of being a true Muslim.

5. Yasa Asantew


British colonialists who came to the Gold Coast and Ashanti empire ever known in the late 19th century that the greatest danger. They are the symbolic seat of power in Ashanti, colonial governor Frederick Hodgson wants to put the Golden Stool weapons.

The British Empire faced Iqbal, appointed in the Yasa of Asantewa, Golden Stool Ashantehenes, I was ready to offer the British government will not entertain. He came before them, "This is Ashanti's really no guts? I almost believe it. It can not be. You, Ashanti's people would not go ahead, we will women. We white men we will fight until the fight. it comes to us in the last battle. "

Yasa's Asantewa 5000 and even the British again captured her, her heroic deeds Ashante people brought about I return Prempeh and which he felt under that fueled the war finally found freedom Although he went into exile in 1957 went ahead with an army.

4. Behanzin Hossu Bowelle “The King Shark”


Among the sea of ​​African kings called "the shark", Behanzin in the last years of the 19th century was the most powerful ruler in West Africa and that is the spit of land is not allowed to touch much respect was done. Power and wisdom that his name but he was not able to stop French colonizing their lands. Even when the French Zou and taking Dahomean the trees Oume forests and Oume Valley, Porto-Novo and you were close enough to attack the army of advancing the capital of Abomey is using psychological warfare. beat. Colonel Dodds in 1894, he had no choice but to surrender himself. They may eventually be lost, but he was not easy to France.

3. Queen Nzinga


African kings, a queen lies here. Nzinga now gained a reputation for being a ruthless and powerful leaders in the states of Matamba and Ndongo in modern Angola has. They basically had the Luanda to receive a steady stream of African slaves fought against the Portuguese colonialists. The Portuguese refused to give up without a fight and made it his kingdom than be a commercial powerhouse Monday with the Portuguese colonies. He has developed into an economic power house runaway slaves to build this power in Matamba and the Portuguese Africans trained recruits. He left behind a powerful state, died in 1661 at the age of 81 years, and has resisted colonial rule for nearly 200 years.

2. Queen Mother Nandi


Known as the 'Sweet was not allowed to speak their minds a "scandalous grew up in a culture where women are. As the third wife of the ruler of Sezengakhana, Zulu chiefdom, he was not recognized as a queen and her son was not recognized as an heir to the throne. That is what eventually led away from court to a difficult relationship with her husband. They left to seek refuge with her sister Dengiswayo and there was disliked for his son Shaka claim his throne. Support the claim of the Dengiswayo Shaka Zulu throne Segujana to claim her throne helped to kill his brother. Then he made a royal family with more than 1,400 huts and her mother declared Queen of Queens scandalous.

Inconsolable from Shaka Zulu was scandalous when he died in 1827. It is reported that one person had died when scandalous note held for many slaves to be maimed or killed. Shaka the Zulu tradition was not to be taken a little too far and feel very sad who had been put to death.

1. Afonso I King of Kongo


In Afonso, born as Nzinga before being baptized Mvembe, a Portuguese vassal king in the region. The monitoring of trade between the Congo reached the heights that we can only hope for predecessors and Portugal. Congo Portuguese rulers to Christianity were particularly pleased with the efforts to transform the region. He did this by welcoming priests and missionaries in that area and he burned the traditional arts Portuguese aggressive. The only problem they respect the laws of the country of entrepreneurs and technicians in Congo that Portuguese was with King or did not follow 'instructions. He said officials in Portugal, Manuel sent in Congo Portuguese citizens to control it would be entrusted as these without putting in retaliation threat could not control and self-discipline the king asked. Authorities failed to have an impact as the Portuguese only interested in their own personal interest, but they were sent.

I deal with the Portuguese Afonso simplicity is remembered as a leader who had a dream to build the infrastructure of the Congo, however, lead to the collapse of the country's potential.

10 Known and Little-Known African Kings


  1. Afonso I King of Kongo
  2. Queen Mother Nandi
  3. Queen Nzinga
  4. Behanzin Hossu Bowelle “The King Shark”
  5. Yasa Asantewa
  6. Sunni Ali Ber
  7. Osei Tutu
  8. Moshoeshoe
  9. Sundiata Keita
  10. Askia the Great