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King Shaka kaSenzangakhona Biography 1787 – 1828


Shaka kaSenzangakhona also known as Shaka Zulu and Sigidi kaSenzangakhona, was the founder of the Zulu Kingdom from 1816 to 1828. He was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu, responsible for re-organizing the military into a formidable force via a series of wide-reaching and influential reforms.

Shaka was born in the lunar month of uNtulikazi (July) in the year 1787 near present-day Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal Province, the son of the Zulu chief Senzangakhona. Spurned as an illegitimate son, Shaka spent his childhood in his mother’s settlements, where he was initiated into an ibutho lempi (fighting unit), serving as a warrior under Dingiswayo.

King Shaka kaSenzangakhona

BORN:  July 1787

HOME TOWN: Mthethwa Paramountcy

PARENT: Nandi (mother) and Senzangakhona kaJama (father)

DIED: 22 September 1828 (age 41)

PLACE OF DEATH: KwaDukuza, Kingdom of Zulu


OCCUPATION:  Watching the sheep and cattle

NICKNAME(S): Shaka Zulu

AWARDS: Independent Spirit Someone to Watch Award (2014), Paul Selvin Award (2021)…

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