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

Kamehameha I.
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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

Kamehameha I.
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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

Kamehameha I.
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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

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

 6 Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho

Kamehameha I
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: May 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morija, Lesotho
Died: January 15, 1996

 7 Muteesa I of Buganda

Kamehameha I
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Mulago, Kampala, Uganda
Died: September 30, 1884
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 8 Sumanguru

Kamehameha I
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Famous As: West African ruler
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Africa

 9 Muhammadu Maccido

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

 10 Letsie III of Lesotho

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

 11 Fon Angwafo III of Mankon

Kamehameha I
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: May 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Unknown