Lobengula

Lobengula Khumalo (c. 1845 – presumed January 1894) was the second king of the Northern Ndebele people (historically called Matabele in English). Both names in the Ndebele language mean "the men of the long shields", a reference to the Ndebele warriors' use of the Zulu shield and spear.

Lobengula
King of Matabeleland
(also encompassing Mashonaland)
ReignSeptember 1868 – January 1894
Coronation1869
PredecessorMzilikazi (father)
SuccessorBulelani Lobengula (3rd great-grandson)
Bornc. 1845
Matabeleland
DiedPresumed January 1894 (aged 4849)
c. 70 km south of the Zambezi river in Matabeleland
SpouseLozikeyi (1st royal wife), Lomalongwe (2nd royal wife)
HouseKhumalo[1]
FatherMzilikazi Khumalo, first king of the Northern Ndebele people
MotherQueen Fulatha Tshabalala

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