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African kings by James C. Lewis

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Oba is the word for King in the Yoruba language of contemporary West Africa Nigeria. Kings in Yoruba-land are known as Obas

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King of Asante, 1931- 1970

1930s Ghana: A young King Otumfuo Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, King of Asante, 1931- 1970. In 1931, the year of his installation, he imme­diately began to work for the restoration of Asante Confederacy, which was accomplished in 1935. Accordingly his status was raised from that of Kumasihene to Asantehene. This was one of his greatest achievements. During his reign he managed to get large parts of Asante lands, which had been taken over by the British restored to the Golden Stool (more at link).

Kendake was the title for queens and queen mothers of the ancient African Kingdom of Kush, also known as Nubia and Ethiopia.They were known as Nubian warrior queens, queen regents, and Ruling queen mothers. They controlled what is now Ethiopia, Sudan, and parts of Egypt. Reliefs dated to about 170 B.C. reveal kendake Shanakdakheto, dressed in armor and wielding a spear in battle. She did not rule as queen regent or queen mother but as a fully independent ruler. Her husband was her consort.

About 760 BC, the Nubians of the Kush Empire invaded and conquered Egypt beginning the period of the Black Pharaohs. They made Meroë (pronounced mayor-way) their capitol. They built Jebel Barkel (or Napata) as a sign that Egypt belongs to Nubia. And for their Kings and Queens, who ruled equally, they built these distinctly Nubian pyramids. Their kingdom would last longer than the Egyptians and would end with their defeat by another African empire, the Kingdom of Axum in 656 BC.

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