Africa has produced some of the greatest warriors and leaders that have graced the earth, these war lords are not only exceptional Men that are good at hand to hand combat but who were also great leaders and brilliant strategists, here are just ten of the famous African warriors that have helped to make the continent’s history, listed chronologically.
Well Known African Warriors That Shaped African History
Hatshepsut (c1508-1458BC, 18th Dynasty, Egypt)
Hatshepsut was one of the greatest rulers of Ancient Egypt, being their longest-reigning woman pharaoh, the earliest ‘great woman’ of which history can tell us, and is certainly one of the most famous African warriors. Originally thought to have merely been regent, then co-regent, for her stepson and nephew, Thutmose III, after the 1479BC death of her husband, Thutmose II, she is now accepted to have actually been pharaoh in her own right from at least 1472BC until her death in 1458BC – contemporary records show she definitely was pharaoh in 1472BC so she must have become so sometime during the previous seven years. During her reign, she greatly increased the wealth of Egypt by establishing trade networks and funding expeditions to ‘far off lands’ such as the ‘Land of Punt’ (around the mouth of the Red Sea) and, of course, like all pharaohs, commissioned many buildings, monuments and statues. No record has been found of the reason for her death, aged ~50, but medical investigations indicate she had bone cancer and diabetes, either of which could have been to blame. After her death, many of the stone representations of her were defaced by simply chiseling off the features of the face; it was thought this was done by Thutmose III, to remove her from the official records in a fit of angry revenge, but it is now thought more likely that it might have been done by his son, Amenhotep II, to help secure his right to the throne, as opposed to any of Hatshepsut’s descendants who might have a claim as strong or stronger. Amenhotep is also known to claimed many of her accomplishments for himself.
Thutmose III (1481-1425BC, aka Thutmosis/Tuthmosis/Thothmes III, Egypt)
Thutmose III another famous African warrior, was Hatshepsut’s stepson and nephew and took the throne on her death in 1458BC. Or it might be that he reigned from the age of two (quite an achievement!) for nearly 54 years, allowing Hatshepsut to share his throne until he was 23 years old (when she died), if you accept the idea that Hatshepsut was his regent rather than ruling in her own right. Once allowed to take his throne, however, he proved himself an able ruler and military genius who substantially increased his empire to make Egypt one of the great powers at the time. He made many raids, captured some 350 cities and conquered everywhere from the Syria to Canaan and Nubia in a series of campaigns, mostly in a ‘town by town’ method whereby each town conquered was another small fraction of a country until he had enough of a percentage that the opponent gave in. This successful military activity was largely enabled by improvements in war weaponry at the time, and earned for him the reputation of being one of Egypt’s greatest warrior pharoahs – all of which was recorded on the walls of the Karnak Temple of Amun by his royal scribe, Thanuny, enabling us to know more about Thutmose III than almost any other Egyptian ruler.