African Kings, Queens And Warriors – 3

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King Cetswayo

King Cetshwayo Ka Mpande (1826 – 1884).

Last King of an independent Zulu State.

He famously led the Zulus to victory against the British in the battle of Isandlwana (1879). He then banished all European missionaries from his land, who were nothing but tools of imperialism’s mind control project.

One of them had tried to convince him that he would end up in hellfire if he opposed British ambitions.

Cetshwayo replied, “Hellfire? I eat hellfire!”

He then ordered his warriors to consume a burning bush, which they did with much glee and enthusiasm. Then, he turned to the duplicitous missionary and said, “I told you I eat hellfire.”

 

King Sundiata Keita

King Sundiata Keita

Sundiata Keita (The Lion King)

The grand-uncle of Mansa Musa was born in Mali in the late 12th century. His father was the King of Mali when it was a small city-state. Sundiata was the youngest of 12 sons and his mother wasn’t the Queen, who was the mother of all 11 other boys.

Sundiata’s birth was foretold, but he had crippling paralysis in both legs; couldn’t walk on his own, required constant attention from his mother, in order to survive and was ridiculed and heckled by his brothers and everyone else in the village. This significantly affected Sundiata and he was determined to do everything he possibly could in order to walk like his peers. Through this determination he one day, miraculously got up, walked and attacked a boy who was disrespecting his mother.

After the death of the king, to escape persecution and threats on her son’s life, his mother took her children – Sundiata and his sisters – into exile. They eventually made it to Mema, where the king of Mema granted them asylum. Sundiata was admired by the King of Mema for his courage and tenacity, so much, that he was given a senior position within the empire.

The new King of Mali, Sundiata’s oldest brother, gave  his own sister as a bride to Soumaoro the Invincible. King Soumaoro Kanté of Sosso, who had already conquered Ghana, married the sister, then conquered Mali and had every single brother ritualistically and brutally murdered.

Word reached Sundiata a few weeks later, that his family was dead, that his people were being tormented and that his father’s throne was in the hands of a foreign tyrant. According to prophecy only him, the rightful King of the Mandingo people, could save them. Sundiata returned, destroyed the Sosso army and became the first Emperor of the Mali Empire.

He was the first of the Mandingo line of kings to adopt the royal title, ‘Mansa’ (king, or emperor, in the Mandinka language). Known as, “The Lion King”, for his heroism, bravery and sense of justice, it is said that ‘The Lion King’ story was stolen from the people of Mali and loosely based on Sundiata Keita’s life.

 

Sango Segirilagiri

Sango Arabambi Segirilagiri by Adeboye Adegbenro

Meaning of Asé

The Yoruba word, asé, (pronounced, ah-shay) has its equivalent in other indigenous African tribes and dialects. Among the Igbo, also of Nigeria, it is ise (pronounced, iseh) and in the Akan dialect and Ghana, universally, it is, nsa (pronounced, nsa-ah).

It means, “the power to do”, “it is the Will”. The Orisa of the Will, is Sango. So, what did the egun (ancestors) mean when they spoke of the “will” or “asé?”

The Will is the ability to accomplish. The Will is not the desire to accomplish, as some may say. It is the ability itself. The egun described the Will (Sango) through associating it with fire and lightning. This is because fire is the most powerful force on Earth.  The reference to lightning is because of its association with the sky/heavens; it thus represents the power/asé that is derived from heaven (orun).

Much confusion regarding asé/will derives from the misunderstanding that a person can have a strong or weak will.  They are imagining that the will is some THING you possess.  The will is not something that can be possessed because it is something you ARE, not something you have. You ARE asé. You ARE the Will. You ARE Sango.

Sango is said to live in the heart because the heart is the emperor of your bodily organs. It is the physical manifestation of the Will.  For the will to be fully harnessed, you must recognise that it is an aspect of your true self. It is what you are. You are the power to accomplish, because you are a microcosm of the all-powerful Olodumare.

 

 

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