Famous Black Emperors & Kings

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Kamehameha I
(King of Hawaii)
Kamehameha I
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Birthdate: 1758 AD
Birthplace: Kohala, Hawaii
Died: May 8, 1819
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Jean-Jacques Dessalines
(Haitian General)
Jean-Jacques Dessalines
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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.

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Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu
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Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nongoma, South Africa
Died: March 12, 2021

Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu was a descendant of King Cetshwayo, who led the Zulu struggle for independence against the British. His 50-year rule had witnessed his efforts in preserving the Zulu culture and traditions such as the Reed Dance ceremony. However, his comments were blamed for attacks against foreigners.

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Henri Christophe
(Former Haitian President Who Declared Himself the King of Haiti)
Henri Christophe
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Birthdate: October 6, 1767
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grenada
Died: October 8, 1820

Former Haitian president Henry Christophe also declared himself the king of northern Haiti as Henry I. Apart from spending lavishly on building palaces for himself, he also restored soldier peasants and gifted plantations to military leaders. He eventually committed suicide by shooting himself, fearing a coup against him.

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Yohannes IV
(Emperor of Ethiopia (1871 - 1889))
Yohannes IV
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Birthdate: July 11, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: May Beha, Tembien, Ethiopia
Died: March 10, 1889

Known as one of the most influential emperors of Ethiopia, Yohannes IV spent most of his reign in conflict with invaders from Egypt, Italy, and Sudan. He also had a political agreement with Menilek II, his most significant rival. He died in the Battle of Metema, while invading Sudan.

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Cetshwayo
(King)
Cetshwayo
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Birthdate: 1826 AD
Birthplace: Eshowe, Zulu Kingdom
Died: February 8, 1884
Jamshid bin Abdullah of Zanzibar
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Birthdate: September 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Unguja, Tanzania
 8 
Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda
(36th King of Buganda)
Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda
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Birthdate: April 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kampala, Uganda
Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho
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Birthdate: May 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morija, Lesotho
Died: January 15, 1996
 10 
Ghezo
(Monarch and Slave trader)
Ghezo
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Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: 1858 AD
 11 
Ratu Udre Udre
(Being the)
Ratu Udre Udre
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Birthplace: Fiji
Died: 1840 AD
 12 
Samuel Kaboo Morris
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Birthdate: 1873 AD
Birthplace: Liberia
Died: May 12, 1893
 13 
Béhanzin
(Eleventh King of Dahomey)
Béhanzin
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Birthdate: 1845 AD
Birthplace: Benin
Died: December 10, 1906
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Radama II
(King of Madagascar)
Radama II
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Birthdate: September 23, 1829
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queen's Palace, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Died: May 12, 1863
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Andrianampoinimerina
(King of Imerina)
Andrianampoinimerina
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Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Madagascar, Madagascar
Died: 1810 AD
 16 
Letsie III of Lesotho
(King of Lesotho)
Letsie III of Lesotho
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Birthdate: July 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Morija, Lesotho
 17 
Ntare V of Burundi
(King of Burundi)
Ntare V of Burundi
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Birthdate: December 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gitega, Burundi
Died: April 29, 1972
Muteesa I of Buganda
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Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Mulago, Kampala, Uganda
Died: September 30, 1884
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Mbandzeni
(King of Swaziland)
Mbandzeni
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Birthdate: 1855 AD
Birthplace: Swaziland
Died: October 7, 1889
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Tshekedi Khama
(Regent-king of the Bamangwato tribe)
Tshekedi Khama
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Birthdate: September 17, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bechuanaland
Died: June 10, 1959
 21 
Idris Alooma
(King of the Kanem-Bornu Empire)
Idris Alooma
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Birthdate: 1580 AD
Birthplace: Chad
Died: 1617 AD
 22 
Ngwane III
(King of Swaziland)
Ngwane III
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Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1780 AD
 23 
Sumanguru
(West African ruler)
Sumanguru
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Birthplace: Africa
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Togbe Agorkoli
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Birthdate: 1670 AD
Birthplace: Not known
Died: 1720 AD
 25 
Sekgoma II
(King of the Bamangwato people of Bechuanaland in modern-day Botswana)
Sekgoma II
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Birthdate: 1869 AD
Birthplace: Botswana
Died: November 17, 1925
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Emmanuel Bushayija
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Birthdate: December 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rwanda
 27 
Daudi Cwa II of Buganda
(Ruler of the Kingdom of Buganda)
Daudi Cwa II of Buganda
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Birthdate: August 8, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mengo, Uganda
Died: November 22, 1939
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Muhammadu Maccido
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Birthdate: April 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dange-Shuni, Nigeria
Died: October 29, 2006
 29 
Lukeni lua Nimi
(First king of Kongo and founder of the Kingdom of Kongo Dia Ntotila)
Lukeni lua Nimi
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Birthdate: 1380 AD
Birthplace: Congo
Died: 1420 AD
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Mwambutsa IV of Burundi
(King of Burundi)
Mwambutsa IV of Burundi
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Birthdate: May 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muramvya, Burundi
Died: March 26, 1977
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Agoli-agbo
(Twelfth and final King of Dahomey)
Agoli-agbo
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Birthplace: Benin
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Glele
(Tenth King of Dahomey)
Glele
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Birthdate: 1814 AD
Birthplace: Benin
Died: December 29, 1889
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Andriamanelo
(King of Alasora)
Andriamanelo
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Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Merimanjaka, Madagascar
Died: 1575 AD
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Dah Sagbadjou Glele
(Monarch and Priest)
Dah Sagbadjou Glele
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Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: December 17, 2021
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Ratsimilaho
(Monarch)
Ratsimilaho
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Birthdate: 1694 AD
Birthplace: Madagascar
Died: 1750 AD
 36 
Andriamasinavalona
(King of Imerina)
Andriamasinavalona
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Birthplace: Alasora, Madagascar
Died: 1710 AD
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Malabo Lopelo Melaka
(Son of former Bubi king Moka and served as king between 1904 until his death in 1937)
Malabo Lopelo Melaka
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Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
Died: April 19, 1937
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Adandozan
(Monarch)
Adandozan
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Birthdate: December 26, 1818
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: 1861 AD
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Houegbadja
(Monarch)
Houegbadja
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Birthplace: Benin
Died: 1685 AD
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Ralambo
(Monarch)
Ralambo
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Birthdate: 1575 AD
Birthplace: Alasora
Died: 1612 AD
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Mutaga IV of Burundi
(King of Burundi)
Mutaga IV of Burundi
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Birthdate: 1892 AD
Birthplace: Burundi
Died: November 30, 1915
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Francisco Malabo Beosá
(Last legitimate successor of the Bubi Kingdom)
Francisco Malabo Beosá
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Birthdate: June 23, 1896
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Equatorial Guinea
Died: October 31, 2001
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Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo
(King, Military leader)
Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo
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Birthdate: June 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ondonga, Namibia
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Agonglo
(Monarch)
Agonglo
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Birthdate: 1766 AD
Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: 1797 AD
 45 
Ntare I of Burundi
(King of Burundi)
Ntare I of Burundi
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Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1709 AD
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Kigeli V Ndahindurwa
(Last ruling King of Rwanda)
Kigeli V Ndahindurwa
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Birthdate: June 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kamembe, Rwanda
Died: October 16, 2016
Mwezi IV of Burundi
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Birthdate: 1840 AD
Birthplace: Burundi
Died: August 21, 1908
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Ntare IV of Burundi
(King of Burundi)
Ntare IV of Burundi
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Birthplace: Mugera
Died: 1850 AD
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Mawewe
(King)
Mawewe
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Birthplace: Gaza, Africa
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Alawi bin Husain
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Birthplace: Anjouan
Died: 1816 AD