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
RESTING PLACE: Stanger
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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