9 Africans Who Define Royalty, Wealth and Power

April 19, 2011  |  

For Americans it can be hard to comprehend other nations’ obsession with royalty.  Though you may not get it, you can hardly avoid it since the media has been focusing on the upcoming nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William. As a result, we got to thinking about dynasties with a darker hue and assembled this round up of notable African and African-descended aristocracy.

King Lerou Tshekedi Molotlegi

Lerou Tshekedi Molotlegi was never supposed to be king of the Royal Bofakeng nation, a Setswana-speaking community of roughly 300,000 people located in the North West Province of South Africa. There were two brothers that stood ahead of Molotlegi. But when both brothers faced untimely deaths, Molotlegi’s number was called in 2003. The 36th monarch has had some large shoes to fill to make his vision of enhancing the Bofokeng community’s culture and economy a reality. In the 19th century, upon contact with Europeans, a forward-thinking ruler organized the purchase of land to protect it from outside hands. The deeds to the communally held territory survived white rule. When platinum was discovered, the rural outpost was positioned to share in the profits, which has resulted in schools, roads and a stadium that hosted several World Cup games.

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  • dag

    africa is where the white man gets the idea of royalty from.

  • ana

    Africa: History is a light that illuminates the past and a key that unlocks the door to the future. KMT: Black Land of Ancient Africa: Of all the countries of Ancient Times it is KMT [Ancient Egypt ] that stands out above all others… KMT was indeed the heart and soul of Early Africa. When we examine Kemetic Chromosomes,[ the study of genomes]. We note what is perhaps the proudest achievement in the Whole of Human Annals. First KMT was African

  • Alejandro

    erm…Princess Angela of Liechtenstein…was born in Panama…panama is not in Africa..its in central America…

  • adj

    Where is the Ashanti King? The King of the Golden stool. Otumfuo Osei Tutu of Ghanly? . Surely one cannot mention African royalty without the custodian of the golden stool!!

  • I thought for sure Adefunmi II would be on this list.
    picture – http://www.oyotunjiafricanvillage.org/UserFiles/c

  • Knowledge King

    This is the epitome of stupid articles. For one Panama is not in Africa so the Panamanian lady who married into Lichtenstein's royalty is disqualified.

    Secondly some of the royalty mentioned here are not royalty per say. The child of a village headman is not a true prince in the context of the African sense.

    Thirdly the article seeks to ridicule the real royals on the list.

    Fourthly, it leaves out key royal figures in Africa, the Otumfuor of Ashanti, the Alaafin of Oyo, the Sardauna of Sokoto, the Emir of Kano the list goes on. These are people that still wield considerable power & talk of African royalty is incomplete without their inclusion.

    Please let us stop confusing the ignorant with ignorance of our own.

  • kimberly

    this was a very interesting and important article! Black and African kings and queens didn't all die out hundreds of years ago. Thanks !

  • Cam

    Thank you so much for posting this. You know its a shame we never learn about african kings and african royalty at school, but they teach us so much about white European royalty. So thank you for posting very interesting.