African Kingdoms || African Royal Families

Precolonial History

Government Monarchies

  • The Kingdom of eSwatini
    • Government: Monarchy
    • Head of State: King (Ingwenyama)
    • Royal House: Dlamini dynasty
    • Royal capital : Lobamba
    • See link about – Eswatini Royal Family
  • The Kingdom of Lesotho
    • Government: Monarchy
    • Head of State: King (Motlotlehi)
    • Royal House: Moshoeshoe dynasty
    • Royal capital : Maseru
    • See link about – Lesotho royal Family
  • The Kingdom of Morocco
    • Government: Monarchy
    • Head of State: King
    • Royal House: Alaloui dynasty
    • Royal capital : Rabat

Abolished Monarchies

  • The Kingdom of Rwanda
    • Government: Monarchy abolished in 1963 but maintains a royal house.
    • Head of State: King (Mwami)
    • Royal House: Abahindiro lineage of Abanyinginya dynasty
    • Royal capital : Nyanza
    • see link about – Rwanda Royal Family
  • The Kingdom of Burundi
    • Government: Monarchy abolished in 1966 but maintains a royal house.
    • Head of State: King (Mwami)
    • Royal House: Ganwa dynasty
    • Royal capital : Gitega
    • See Link about – Burundi Royal Family
  • The Ethiopian Empire
    • Government: Monarchy abolished in 1974 but maintains a royal house. It was an empire (1270-1974) with other sub monarchies consolidated by Emperor Menelik like the oromo kingdoms, tigray kingdoms, shewa, Aussa sultanate etc. These sub monarchies also maintain royal heads to date.
    • Head of State: Emperor (Negusa nagast/King of kings)
    • Royal House: Solomonic dynasty
    • Royal capital : Addis Ababa
  • The Kingdom of Libya
    • Government: Monarchy abolished in 1969 after King Idris was overthrowned by Muammar Gadaffi but maintains a royal house. Former states of Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan were incorporated into libya.
    • Head of State: King
    • Royal House: Senussi dynasty
    • Royal capital : Tripoli and Benghazi alternatively
  • The Kingdom of Egypt
    • Government: Monarchy abolished in 1953 but maintains a royal house. Sudan which was largely under UK colonial influence was given independence in 1953. Sudan and South Sudan however still have tribal monarchies .
    • Head of State: King
    • Royal House: Muhammad Ali dynasty
    • Royal capital : Cairo
  • The Kingdom of Tunisia
    • Government: Monarchy abolished in 1957, maintains a royal house.
    • Head of State: King (Bey)
    • Royal House: Husainid dynasty
    • Royal capital : Tunis
  • Merina Kingdom of Madagascar
    • Government: Monarchy abolished in 1897 by french colonials maintains a royal house.Tribal monarchies still exist in Madagascar
    • Head of State: King (Mpanjaka)
    • Royal House: Merina dynasty
    • Royal capital : Antananarivo


Traditional/Sub national/Tribal Monarchies

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