Mzilikazi - leader of the Ndebele

Mzilikazi, also known as Mzilikazi Khumalo, was a leader of the Ndebele people, also known as the Matabele, in the early 19th century. He is best known for his role in the formation of the Ndebele kingdom in present-day Zimbabwe.

Mzilikazi was originally a general in the army of the Zulu king Shaka, but he and his followers broke away from the Zulu kingdom in the early 1820s and established their own kingdom in present-day Zimbabwe, which became known as the Ndebele kingdom.


(Portrayed by Captain William Cornwallis Harris around 1936 - Source Wikipedia)

Mzilikazi was a skilled warrior and military leader, who used his knowledge of Zulu military tactics and strategies, learned from Chaka, to conquer and establish his kingdom. He used the "bull horn formation" strategy to defeat his enemies and expand his kingdom.

In addition to his military achievements, Mzilikazi is also known for his political acumen and ability to establish a strong and centralized government. He was able to create a sense of unity among the Ndebele people and establish a powerful and centralized kingdom with a well-disciplined and well-trained military force.

Mzilikazi is also remembered as a leader who was able to maintain political stability in his kingdom and promoted economic development by encouraging trade and agriculture.

Mzilikazi is remembered as a powerful and influential leader who played a significant role in the history of southern Africa and is an important figure in the history of the Ndebele people.