African Kings, Queens And Warriors 2

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Emperor Haile Selassie, the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah…

Rare photograph of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and her husband, Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, bowing before original African royalty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, of Ethiopia and his queen, Empress Menen Asfew.

Born, Ras Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, on 23 July, 1892, the Ethiopian prince ascended the throne of his ancestors in 1930, becoming Emperor Haile Selassie I.

As far as is known, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip have never bowed before anybody else.

Oba Akenzua II, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, of Benin…

 Oba Akenzua II was born in 1899. He reigned as Oba of Benin from April 1933, until his death in 1978.

He was crowned Akenzua II, Oba of Benin, in April, 1933, following the death of his father, Eweka II.

As Oba Akenzua, in 1936, he began the movement to return the Benin Bronzes  and other artifacts, stolen by the British forces, during the punitive Benin Expedition of 1897 that saw the end of the reign of Oba Ovuoramwen Nogbaisi.

In the picture, (above) the 2nd Earl of Plymouth, Ivor Windsor-Clive, (right) visits Oba Akenzua II, in Benin City, 1938.

Prince Archibong II of Calabar… 

   

Dahomey Amazons     

                                                                

The Dora Milaje are a fierce, all-female army in the Marvel film, ‘Black Panther’. The film is based partially off a real army of African women of Dahomey, known as the Amazons.

King Houegbadja, whose reign began in 1645 and ended in 1685 and who was the third King of Dahomey, is said to have originally started the group which would become the Amazons. This group finally metamorphosed into an army of the world’s most feared women.

 

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