Famous Black Historical Personalities

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 1 
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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Queen Nzinga
(17th Century Queen of Angola)

Queen Nzinga
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Birthdate: 1583 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Matamba
Died: December 17, 1663

Queen Nzinga, also known as Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba, was the queen of the Kingdoms of Ndongo and Matamba. Born into the family of Ndongo, Nzinga assumed power after the demise of her father and sibling, after which she fought for the stature and Independence of her kingdoms from the Portuguese. Her reign lasted 37 years.

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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.

 5 
Mantfombi Dlamini
(Queen consort of the Zulu nation from 1977 to 2021)

Mantfombi Dlamini
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Birthdate: February 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eswatini
Died: April 29, 2021

 6 
Zewditu
(Empress)

Zewditu
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Birthdate: April 28, 1876
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Werreyimenu, Wollo
Died: April 2, 1930

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Menen Asfaw
(Empress)

Menen Asfaw
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Birthdate: April 3, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wollo, Ethiopian Empire
Died: February 15, 1962
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 8 
Yohannes IV
(Emperor)

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

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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

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Ntfombi of Eswatini
(Queen of Eswatini)

Ntfombi of Eswatini
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Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: swaziland

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Taytu Betul
(Empress)

Taytu Betul
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Birthdate: August 17, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oromia, Ethiopian Empire
Died: February 11, 1918

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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

 15 
Ratu Udre Udre
(Being the)

Ratu Udre Udre
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Fiji
Died: 1840 AD

 16 
Ghezo
(Monarch and Slave trader)

Ghezo
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: 1858 AD

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Samuel Kaboo Morris
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Birthdate: 1873 AD
Birthplace: Liberia
Died: May 12, 1893

 18 
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

 19 
Ranavalona II
(Queen of Madagascar from 1868 to 1883)

Ranavalona II
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Birthdate: 1829 AD
Birthplace: Madagascar
Died: July 13, 1883

 20 
Andrianampoinimerina
(King of Imerina)

Andrianampoinimerina
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Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Madagascar, Madagascar
Died: 1810 AD

 21 
Béhanzin
(Eleventh King of Dahomey)

Béhanzin
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Birthdate: 1845 AD
Birthplace: Benin
Died: December 10, 1906

 22 
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

 24 
Catherine Denguiadé
(Empress Consort)

Catherine Denguiadé
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Birthdate: August 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sarh, Chad

 25 
Mbandzeni
(King of Swaziland)

Mbandzeni
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Birthdate: 1855 AD
Birthplace: Swaziland
Died: October 7, 1889

 26 
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

 27 
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

 28 
Idris Alooma
(King of the Kanem-Bornu Empire)

Idris Alooma
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Birthdate: 1580 AD
Birthplace: Chad
Died: 1617 AD

 29 
Ngwane III
(King of Swaziland)

Ngwane III
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Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1780 AD

 30 
Sumanguru
(West African ruler)

Sumanguru
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Africa

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Togbe Agorkoli
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Birthdate: 1670 AD
Birthplace: Not known
Died: 1720 AD

 32 
Yennenga
(Princess)

Yennenga
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Burkina Faso

 33 

Rosalie Gicanda
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Birthdate: 1928 AD
Birthplace: Rwamagana, Rwanda
Died: April 20, 1994

 34 
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

 35 
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

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

 38 
'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso
(Regent Head of State of Lesotho on three occasions)

'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso
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Birthdate: April 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mafeteng, Lesotho
Died: September 6, 2003

 39 
Labotsibeni Mdluli
(Ndlovukati of Swaziland)

Labotsibeni Mdluli
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Birthdate: 1859 AD
Birthplace: Eswatini
Died: December 15, 1925

 40 
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

 42 
Andriamanelo
(King of Alasora)

Andriamanelo
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Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Merimanjaka, Madagascar
Died: 1575 AD

 43 
Agoli-agbo
(Twelfth and final King of Dahomey)

Agoli-agbo
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
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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Eleni of Ethiopia
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Hadiya Sultanate
Died: March 31, 1522

 46 
Dah Sagbadjou Glele
(Monarch and Priest)

Dah Sagbadjou Glele
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: December 17, 2021

 47 
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

 48 
ʻAnaseini Takipō
(Queen consort of Tonga from 1909 to 1918)

ʻAnaseini Takipō
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Birthdate: March 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Died: November 26, 1918

 49 
Ratsimilaho
(Monarch)

Ratsimilaho
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Birthdate: 1694 AD
Birthplace: Madagascar
Died: 1750 AD

 50 
Andriamasinavalona
(King of Imerina)

Andriamasinavalona
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Alasora, Madagascar
Died: 1710 AD