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4 Most Pow­er­ful African Kings That Ever Lived (pho­tos)

1. Han­ni­bal Bar­ca (247 BC – 183 BC) was an African Carthagin­ian mil­i­tary com­man­der, gen­er­al­ly con­sid­ered one of the great­est mil­i­tary com­man­ders in his­to­ry. Also cred­itd for hav­ing major vic­to­ries against the Roman Empire with his mighty war­riors that marched into bat­tle on the backs of great ele­phants! He was lat­er defeat­ed by the Roman Empire and returned to Carthage, North Africa where he was elect­ed to the “Office of Suf­fete” which was the High­est Appoint­ed Offi­cial in Carthage at that time.

SIDE NOTE: Con­trary to the incor­rect depic­tions passed down through his­to­ry, Han­ni­bal was NOT a White man. He was in fact a Black man of North Africa and the coins bar­ing his like­ness its a proof of that fact.

2. Cetshwayo kaM­pande (1826 – 1884)was the King of the Zulu Nation from 1872 to 1879 and its leader dur­ing the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. He famous­ly led the Zulu nation to vic­to­ry against the British in the Bat­tle of Isan­dl­wana.

3. Pharaoh Akhen­at­en mean­ing “Effec­tive for Aten” known before the fifth year of his reign as Amen­hotep IV, was a pharaoh of the Eigh­teenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years and died per­haps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC. He is espe­cial­ly not­ed for aban­don­ing tra­di­tion­al Egypt­ian poly­the­ism and intro­duc­ing wor­ship cen­tered on the Aten. Hus­band of Nefer­ti­ti and father of King “Tut” Tutankhamun.

4. Oba (as it is known in West Africa) Sun­ni Ali Beer (cir­ca 1442–1492) built the largest most pow­er­ful empire in West Africa dur­ing his 28-year reign. With a remark­able army,he won many bat­tles, con­quered many lands, seized trade routes and took vil­lages to build the Song­hay empire into a major cen­ter of com­merce, cul­ture and Moslem schol­ar­ship.

Culled from The African King Series by James C. Lewis

CC: lalas­ti­clala, Ishilove

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