By Jim Haskins
Meet the best heroes of africa--from historic to fashionable times"The books within the Black Stars sequence are the categories of books that might have particularly captivated me as a kid."--Earl G. Graves, Black firm magazineKofi AnnanAskia the GreatBambaataBehanzin Hossu BowelleStephen BikoCetewayoConstance Cummings-JohnImhotepKenneth KaundaJomo KenyattaKhamaSir Seretse KhamaPatrice LumumbaAlbert John LuthuliNelson MandelaMenelik IIMosheshMansa MusaKwame NkrumahJulius NyerereNzinghaPiankhyRabahHaile SelassieAlbertina SisuluOsei TutuYoussef I
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As a youngster, Cetewayo underwent training as a Zulu warrior. Six-foot-four in height and powerfully built, he dreamed of becoming king of the Zulus. As he grew older, however, he realized that his father, Umpanda, favored his younger brother and planned to choose him as his successor. In 1856, when Cetewayo was only 20 years old, he defeated and killed his younger brother in a battle. Umpanda lived for another sixteen years, but after he died in 1872, Cetewayo became king. Cetewayo came to power at a time of unrest and change in South Africa.
His missionary guests were impressed by Moshesh’s apparent piety (secretly he held on to his own faith) and sent glowing reports back to Europe. Meanwhile, Moshesh almost immediately broke the treaty he had signed. Hardly had Sir Harry Smith left Basuto territory when Moshesh ordered an attack on the Boers, seizing ten thousand cattle and twenty-five hundred horses in a series of successful raids. As he had expected, the British and the Boers united against him. The British sent an expedition to rout one of his chiefs at Viervoct.
Instead, he called them back and gave them food to take home, thereby ensuring peace with them in the future. –1884) ✦ A lso spelled Ketchwayo and Cetshwayo, the name Cetewayo has come down over the last century and a half in African history to mean bravery and excellent character. Cetewayo was king of the Zulus at a time when the British were taking over, or annexing, the Transvaal. The Transvaal, in the northeast part of present-day South Africa, bordering Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, was so named because it was situated across the Vaal River as seen from the Cape of Good Hope.
African Heroes (Black Stars) by Jim Haskins