Famous Black Emperors & Kings

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 1 Kamehameha I

Kamehameha I
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Famous As: King of Hawaii
Birthdate: 1758 AD
Birthplace: Kohala, Hawaii
Died: May 8, 1819

 2 Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Jean-Jacques Dessalines
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Famous As: Haitian General
Birthdate: September 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guinea
Died: August 17, 1806

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was an important figure and leader of the Haitian Revolution. He went on to rule an independent Haiti, which became the first country to abolish slavery permanently. Considered one of Haiti's founding fathers, Dessalines reigned as the emperor of Haiti from 1804 until his murder in 1806. Today, he is regarded as an icon of Haitian nationalism.

 3 Sobhuza II

Sobhuza II
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Famous As: Former King of Swaziland
Birthdate: July 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zombodze, Swaziland
Died: August 21, 1982

Sobhuza II was the king of Swaziland from 1899 to 1982, although his coronation took place in 1921 as he was too young to rule early in his reign. His reign of 82 years and 254 days makes him the longest-reigning monarch in recorded history. Sobhuza II played a key role in events that eventually led to his country's independence.

 4 Yohannes IV

Yohannes IV
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: July 11, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: May Beha, Tembien, Ethiopian Empire
Died: March 10, 1889

 5 Cetshwayo

Cetshwayo
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1826 AD
Birthplace: Eshowe, Zulu Kingdom
Died: February 8, 1884

 6 Jamshid bin Abdullah of Zanzibar

Jamshid bin Abdullah of Zanzibar
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: September 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Unguja, Tanzania

 7 Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda

Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda
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Famous As: 36th King of Buganda
Birthdate: April 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kampala, Uganda
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 8 Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho

Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: May 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morija, Lesotho
Died: January 15, 1996

 9 Ghezo

Ghezo
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Famous As: Monarch and Slave trader
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: 1858 AD

 10 Béhanzin

Béhanzin
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Famous As: Eleventh King of Dahomey
Birthdate: 1845 AD
Birthplace: Benin
Died: December 10, 1906

 11 Muteesa I of Buganda

Muteesa I of Buganda
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Mulago, Kampala, Uganda
Died: September 30, 1884

 12 Ntare V of Burundi

Ntare V of Burundi
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Famous As: King of Burundi
Birthdate: December 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gitega, Burundi
Died: April 29, 1972

 13 Idris Alooma

Idris Alooma
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Famous As: King of the Kanem-Bornu Empire
Birthdate: 1580 AD
Birthplace: Chad
Died: 1617 AD

 14 Letsie III of Lesotho

Letsie III of Lesotho
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Famous As: King of Lesotho
Birthdate: July 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Morija

 15 Sumanguru

Sumanguru
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Famous As: West African ruler
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Africa

 16 Togbe Agorkoli

Togbe Agorkoli
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1670 AD
Birthplace: Not known
Died: 1720 AD

 17 Muhammadu Maccido

Muhammadu Maccido
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Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: April 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dange-Shuni, Nigeria
Died: October 29, 2006

 18 Daudi Cwa II of Buganda

Daudi Cwa II of Buganda
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Famous As: Ruler of the Kingdom of Buganda
Birthdate: August 8, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mengo, Uganda
Died: November 22, 1939

 19 Emmanuel Bushayija

Emmanuel Bushayija
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: December 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rwanda

 20 Lukeni lua Nimi

Lukeni lua Nimi
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Famous As: First king of Kongo and founder of the Kingdom of Kongo Dia Ntotila
Birthdate: 1380 AD
Birthplace: Congo
Died: 1420 AD

 21 Mwambutsa IV of Burundi

Mwambutsa IV of Burundi
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Famous As: King of Burundi
Birthdate: May 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muramvya, Burundi
Died: March 26, 1977

 22 Agoli-agbo

Agoli-agbo
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Famous As: Twelfth and final King of Dahomey
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Benin

 23 Glele

Glele
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Famous As: Tenth King of Dahomey
Birthdate: 1814 AD
Birthplace: Benin
Died: December 29, 1889

 24 Dah Sagbadjou Glele

Dah Sagbadjou Glele
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Famous As: Monarch and Priest
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: December 17, 2021

 25 Malabo Lopelo Melaka

Malabo Lopelo Melaka
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Famous As: Son of former Bubi king Moka and served as king between 1904 until his death in 1937
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
Died: April 19, 1937

 26 Kigeli V Ndahindurwa

Kigeli V Ndahindurwa
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Famous As: Last ruling King of Rwanda
Birthdate: June 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kamembe, Rwanda
Died: October 16, 2016

 27 Adandozan

Adandozan
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: December 26, 1818
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: 1861 AD

 28 Houegbadja

Houegbadja
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Benin
Died: 1685 AD

 29 Mutaga IV of Burundi

Mutaga IV of Burundi
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Famous As: King of Burundi
Birthdate: 1892 AD
Birthplace: Burundi
Died: November 30, 1915

 30 Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo

Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo
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Famous As: King, Military leader
Birthdate: June 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ondonga, Namibia

 31 Francisco Malabo Beosá

Francisco Malabo Beosá
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Famous As: Last legitimate successor of the Bubi Kingdom
Birthdate: June 23, 1896
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Equatorial Guinea
Died: October 31, 2001

 32 Agonglo

Agonglo
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: 1766 AD
Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: 1797 AD

 33 Ntare I of Burundi

Ntare I of Burundi
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Famous As: King of Burundi
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1709 AD

 34 Mwezi IV of Burundi

Mwezi IV of Burundi
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1840 AD
Birthplace: Burundi
Died: August 21, 1908

 35 Ntare IV of Burundi

Ntare IV of Burundi
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Famous As: King of Burundi
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Mugera
Died: 1850 AD

 36 Fon Angwafo III of Mankon

Fon Angwafo III of Mankon
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: May 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Unknown

 37 Mawewe

Mawewe
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Gaza, Africa