African Royal Weddings

Dynastic royal marriage or wedding is a marriage between members of two royal houses or dynasties.

Several dynastic royal marriages have happened before colonialism and in modern times. Below is a list of royal weddings in African royal houses

Wedding of King (Isebantu Kyabazinga) William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV of BuSoga Kingdom, Uganda 2023

HM King (Isebantu Kyabazinga) William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV of BuSoga Kingdom married his wife Queen (Inhebantu) Jovia Mutesi on 18th November 2023 at Bugembe Cathedral and reception at Igenge Royal Palace. Its the first BuSoga Royal wedding since 1956 when last King Henry Wako Muloki married and fourth queen consort of BuSoga since 2005 since the last Queen Alice Muloki died. Royal Guests included:

  • Queen (Omugo) Margaret Adyeeri Karunga of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Uganda
  • Queen Mother (Omujwera Omugo nyina Omukama) Best Kemigisa of Tooro Kingdom, Uganda
  • Queen (Nnabagereka) Sylvia Nagginda of Buganda Kingdom, Uganda
  • King (Ubimu) Phillip Rauni Olarker of Alur people
  • King (Rwot) David Acana II of Acholi people
  • King (Ikumbania) Geoffrey Wayabire of Bugwere people
  • King Umukuuka III of Bamaasaba people, Uganda and wife
  • Prince Sicalo Dlamini and Prince Bandzile Dlamini of the Kingdom of eSwatini

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Wedding of Kgoshi Malekutu Tshegofatso Mampuru IV of Mamone traditional authority under BaPedi kingdom, South Africa 2023

Kgoshi Malekutu Tshegofatso Mampuru IV succeeded his late father in 2021. In 2023 he married Lekgolane Leshego Ntwampe as his candle wife/Timamollo. She is cousin of the late King Victor Thulare of BaPedi from his mother’s side

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Wedding of Kgoshi Rahlagane III Mokgoma Kotole of Rahlagane, Limpopo South Africa 2023

HRH Kgoshi Rahlagane iii Mokgoma Kotole of Rahlagane, Limpopo South Africa married Princess Tokollo Lekgolane Sekwati of Mampuru royal house under Bapedi Kingdom, becoming his great royal wife. He became monarch in 2017 after regency of his mother HRH Kgoshikadi Primrose Rahlagane. His father is late HRH Kgosi Masekopo Rahlagane

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Wedding of Prince Alex Kahaya Barigye of Ankole kingdom, Uganda 2023

Prince Alex Kahaya Barigye of Ankole kingdom in 2023

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Wedding of Princess Edna Tafari Makonnen of Ethiopia, 2022

Jamal Robinson married Princess Edna Tafari Makonnen of Ethiopia at a exquisite #road2robinson wedding held in USA attended by the Ethiopian imperial Royal family members, friends and relatives. Princess Edna Tafari Makonnen is the daughter of Prince Tafari Makonnen, granddaughter of late Prince Makonnen Duke of Harar and Princess Sarah Gizaw and great granddaughter of late Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia

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Wedding of King (Oluwo) Abdurasheed Akanbi Telu I of Iwo kingdom, Nigeria and Princess Firdaus of Kano, Nigeria, 2022

King (Oluwo) Abdurasheed Akanbi Telu I of Iwo kingdom, Nigeria married Princess Firdaus born into the royal family of Kano emirate, Nigeria in 2022.

Wedding of Princess Zahra Nasir Bayero of Bichi, Nigeria and Yusuf Buhari, 2021

Presidential Royal wedding of Princess Zahra Nasir Bayero of Bichi, Nigeria daughter of HRH Emir Nasiru Ado Bayero of Bichi and Yusuf Buhari Talban Daura and District head of Kwasarawa, son of president Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on 20th August 2021.

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Wedding of King(Kumkani) Zwelozuko Luzuko Matiwane of Mpondomise kingdom, South Africa and Princess Siyonwabele Langa, 2021

AmaMpondomise royal wedding of HM King Zwelozuko Luzuko Matiwane of Mpondomise kingdom, South Africa and princess Siyonwabele Langa, daughter of Chief Bakhulule Langa of amaNgcwangule clan, Mpondo Kingdom of amaMpondo people of South Africa in September 2021. Princess Siyonwabele Langa becomes Queen Sinokhule Langa Matiwane his great wife who will bear future king heir

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Wedding of Princess(Omubiitokati) Ruth Komuntale of Tooro Kingdom, Uganda 2021

Princess Ruth Komuntale married Phillip Farquharson in 2021. She is the daughter of late King (Omukama) Mathew Patick Kaboyo Olimi III and Queen Best Kemigisa. Her brother King (Omukama) Oyo Rukidi IV and mother walked her down the isle.

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Wedding of Prince Sicalo Dlamini of Eswatini, 2021

Ku Teka ceremony of Prince Sicalo Dlamini and Inkhosikati laMbingo. Prince Sicalo Dlamini is the eldest son of HM King Mswati III of Eswatini and HRH 1st Queen Inkhosikati laMatsebula. In eswatini, the married woman takes the title inkhosikati fllowed with her father’s surnmane/clanname

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Wedding of Prince Lindani Dlamini of Eswatini, 2021

Prince Lindani Dlamini of Eswatini and wife Inkhosikati laNdwandwe Fatima Kuteka ceremony 2021. Prince Lindani is the son of King Mswati III and Inkhosikati laMbikiza

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Weddings of Prince Majaha Dlamini of Eswatini, 2021

Prince Majaha Dlamini of Eswatini married gospel artist Hlophe Nothando now Inkhosikati laHlophe in a ceremony called Ku Teka. The couple were the first to get betrothed publicly during umhlanga 2019 when he placed a white feather on her hair. 

He later married second wife Inkhosikati laKhumalo. Prince Majaha is the son of King Mswati III and 2nd Inkhosikati laMotsa

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Weddings of Prince Bandzile Dlamini of Eswatini, 2021

Prince Bandzile Dlamini of Eswatini KuTeka ceremony to his wife now Inkhosikati laMnisi in 2021. Prince Bnadzile is the son of King Mswati III and Inkhosikati laHwala

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Wedding of Prince Rahman Akinloye of Ajiran, Nigeria 2020

A royal wedding between two royal houses in Nigeria, Prince Rahman Akinloye of Ajiran, son of HM Ojomu of Ajiran and the niece of HM Obateru of Egbin, Nigeria.

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Wedding of King Makhosoke II Mabhena of Ndebele Kingdom, South Africa and Princess Sekhothali Seeiso of Lesotho 2019

HM King (Ingwenyama) Makhosoke II Mabhena of Ndebele Kingdom, South Africa and HRH Princess Sekhothali Seeiso of Lesotho now HM Queen (Indlovukazi) Sekhothali Mabhena. This is the most recent dynastic royal intermarriage in southern Africa. They married in November 2019 with two ceremonies. The purple church royal wedding was held in Lesotho and a party at the Maseru Royal Palace while the second and traditional ceremony was held in Ndebele Kingdom, South Africa. King Makhosoke ii Mabhena of Ndebele is the son of late King Mbongo ii who reigned from 1960 to 1986. He has been King since 1986. Princess Sekhothali Seeiso of Lesotho is the daughter of Prince Masupha Seeiso of Lesotho, younger brother of late King Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho. The Princess is the first cousin of HM King Letsie III of Lesotho. See wedding link – Ndebele Royal wedding

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Wedding of Inkosi ya Makosi (King) Willard Mswati Gomani V of Maseko Ngoni people of malawi, 2019

HM Inkosi ya Makosi Willard Mswati Gomani V of Maseko clan, Ngoni people of Malawi married HRH inkosikati Gomani V on 2nd November 2019 at a church ceremony and a traditional themed reception wedding attended by various royals from South Africa and Malawi and First lady of Malawi etc. The monarch is the current reigning monarch of the Maseko clan of ngoni people of Malawi whike the queen is from the tsonga people of South Africa. See wedding here – Maseko Royal Wedding

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Wedding of Mwami (King) Naluhwindja Tony Chibwire V of Luhwindja, DRC Congo, 2019

Mwami (King) Naluhwindja Tony Chibwire V of Luhwindja, DRC Congo and his wife Makamba (Queen) during their wedding celebrations in December 2019. Born in 1990,he succeded his late father in 2001 being crowned at a young age. He ruled under the regency of his mother the mwamikazi (Queen) Esperance until 2015 when he officially took power.

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Wedding of Princess(Igikomangomakazi) Giramata Rudatsimburwa of Rwanda, 2019

Princess Giramata Rudatsimburwa wedding in 2019. She is the daughter of famous musician Prince Albert Rudatsimburwa

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Wedding of King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko of AmaBhaca, South Africa 2018

King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko of AmaBhaca married Queen Khusela Sangoni Diko was born from a chief family in abaThembu kingdom in 2018 as his great royal wife. Sadly he passed away in away in 2021

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Wedding of Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu of Zulu Kingdom, 2016

Zulu royal wedding of HRH Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu and his wife Wandile in 2016. The prince is son of HM King Goodwill Zwelithini of Zulu kingdom, South Africa and HRH Queen Buhle Mathe Zulu. The reception was held at KwaDlamahlahla Royal Palace

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Wedding of Olu(King) Atuwatse III Tsola Emiko of Warri kingdom, Nigeria 2014

King (Olu) Atuwatse III Tsola Emiko (UtieyinoriTsetsola Emiko) is the King (Olu) of Warri kingdom, Nigeria (Itsekiri ethnic group). Tsola Emiko is the son of the late King (Olu) Ogiame Atuwatse II who reigned from 1987-2015. He married Ivie Emiko, daughter of billionaire captain Honsa Okunbo in 2014 and they have three children.

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Wedding of King (Inkosi ya Makhosi) Mmbelwa V of Jele Ngoni people (Mombela kingdom) of Malawi, 2014

HM Inkosi ya Makhosi Mmbelwa V of Jele Ngoni people (Mombela kingdom) of Malawi and now Queen M’mbelwa V in 2014. Ngoni are descendants of Ndwandwe prince Zwangendaba and his people who escaped shaka zulu mfecane war and settled in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and southern Tanzania.

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Wedding of King (Obi) Agbogidi Ólòme Obi Nduka Ezeagwuna of Issele-uku, Nigeria 2014

The wedding ceremony of HM King (Obi) Agbogidi Ólòme Obi Nduka Ezeagwuna of Issele-uku Aniocha north area of Delta state Nigeria to his wife now Queen (Anasi Obi) Dumebi Ezeagwuna they married before he ascended the throne in 2014.

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Wedding of Crown Prince Ibiso Aboko Omoni of Ke kingdom, Nigeria 2014

Crown Prince Ibiso Aboko Omoni is the first son of HM Amayanabo (King) Agolia Cookey Aboko Omoni XIII of Ke kingdom, Rivers state, Nigeria. He married in 2014 in a series of traditional and white weddings and is blessed with two children.

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Wedding of Prince (Omulangira) David Kintu Wasajja of Buganda Kingdom, Uganda 2013

Prince (Omulangira) David Kintu Wasajja of Buganda (king’s brother) and Marion Elizabeth Nankya in 2013

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Wedding of Crown prince Muhammad Ali of Egypt and Princess Noal Zaher of Afghanistan, 2013

The royal wedding of HRH Crown prince Muhammad Ali of Egypt, son of last King Fuad II of Egypt and Princess Noal Zaher of Afghanistan, granddaughter of the last King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan on 30 August 2013 at Istanbul’s former Çırağan Palace in the presence of King Fuad II, the bride’s parents, media, a crowd of onlookers and guests. They have two twin children

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Wedding of King (Kumkani) Ndlovuyezwe Ndamase II of amaMpondo aseNyandeni kingdom, South Africa, 2011

King (Kumkani) Ndlovuyezwe Ndamase II of amaMpondo aseNyandeni kingdom, South Africa married his wife Queen (Kumkanikazi) Tina Madosini in 2011. They celebrated 10years anniversary in 2021 and are blessed with two sons Princes.

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Wedding of Kamuswaga (monarch) Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli II of Kooki, Uganda 2010

Kamuswaga (monarch) Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli II of Kooki  and Queen (Omugo) Rebecca Tulituuka in 2010

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Wedding of Omusinga (King) Charles Mumbere Irema ngoma I of Rwenzururu kingdom, Uganda 2007

Omusinga (King) Charles Mumbere Irema ngoma I of Rwenzururu kingdom and Queen (Nyabaghole) Agnes Ithungu in 20th October 2007

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Wedding of King/Elegushi Oba Saheed Elegushi Kunsela III of Ikate, Nigeria, 2003

Royal wedding of HM King/Elegushi Oba Saheed Elegushi Kunsela III of Ikate, Nigeria and HRH Queen/Olori Sekinat Elegushi in 2003. The couple met in campus and today have three daughters. The King was crowned in 2010 

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Wedding of King (Omukama) Solomon Iguru I of Bunyoro kitara kingdom, Uganda 2002

HM King (Omukama) Solomon Iguru I of Bunyoro kitara kingdom married a princess of Tooro Kingdom, Uganda on August 24th 2002. She became the Queen or Omugo Margaret Adyeri of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom, Uganda.
Together they have two children. Guests included

  • HM King/Omukama Oyo Rukidi IV of Toro Kingdom, Uganda (young boy)
  • HM Queen mother Best Kemigisa of Toro Kingdom, Uganda
  • HRH Princess Ruth Komuntale of Toro Kingdom, Uganda
  • President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

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Wedding of Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu of Zulu Kingdom, South Africa and Prince Oupa Moilwa of Bahurutse, 2002

HRH Princess Ntandoyesizwe Zulu of Zulu kingdom, South Africa and late Prince Oupa Moilwa, Moilwa royal clan of Bahurutse tribe, 2002. This royal marriage was described as the first between a Zulu royal and a royal who is not of Nguni speaking tribes. The princess is the daughter of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of the Zulu kingdom and Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu. Prince Oupa Moilwa died in 2010, A tournament is named in his honour.

Photo:https://www.iol.co.za/travel/south-africa/royal-wedding-draws-thousands-to-pongola-216888

Wedding of King(Motlotlehi) Letsie III of Lesotho, 2000

3 day Lesotho royal wedding of King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho in 2000 to Anne Karabo now Queen Masenate that gathered 40,000 guests diplomats, political leaders and multitudes of Basotho from all walks at setsoto stadium. The couple had the main day royal wedding at Setsoto stadium on 18th February and the next two days they toured the country. They have three children Princess Senate, Princess Maseeiso and Crown Prince Lerotholi. Royal guests included:

  • HM King Mswati III and HRH Inkhosikati LaHwala of Kingdom of Eswatini formerly Swaziland
  • Nelson Mandela, former president of Uganda and prince of AbaThembu Kingdom, South Africa
  • HRH Prince Charles of Wales now King Charles of UK

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Wedding of Kabaka ( King) Mutebi II Ronald Muwenda of Buganda kingdom, Uganda 1999

Kabaka ( King) Mutebi II Ronald Muwenda of Buganda kingdom married his only wife Nnabagereka (Queen) Sylvia Nagginda Luswata in 1999 at Namirembe Cathedral at a wedding termed greatest in the century. His late Father had married in 1948. Royal guests included :

  • HM King /Omukama Solomon Iguru I of Bunyoro kitara kingdom, Uganda (Black coat)
  • HM King/Omukama Oyo Rukidi IV of Toro Kingdom, Uganda (young boy)
  • HM Queen mother Best Kemigisa of Toro Kingdom, Uganda (behind her young son)
  • HRH Princess Ruth Komuntale of Toro Kingdom, Uganda (pink dress)
  • HM King /Omugabe Ntare VI John Barigye of Ankole kingdom, Uganda (black full suit)
  • HM Queen Denise Barigye of Ankole kingdom, Uganda (next to King of Ankole)
  • HM King Goodwill Zwelithini of Zulu kingdom, South Africa (leopard attire)
  • HM Queen Thandekile Ndlovu Zulu of Zulu kingdom, South Africa (red and zulu crown)
  • HRH senior prince Matsitsela Dlamini of Eswatini (far right)
  • HRH Princess Nnalinya Omumbejja Catherine Agnes Nabaloga, Lubuga of Buganda kingdom, Uganda (far left next to the red priest)
  • President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and First Lady

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Wedding of Prince Masupha David Seeiso of Lesotho

Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Masupha David Seeiso of Lesotho and princess Mabereng Masupha Seeiso. Prince Masupha Seeiso is the younger brother of late King Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho and uncle to current monarch King Letsie III of Lesotho. He is the father to Queen Indlovukazi Sekhothali Mabhena of Ndebele Kingdom, Princess of Lesotho, Princess Khopotso Seeiso and Prince Constantine Bereng Masupha Seeiso. He was the principal chief of Matsieng

Weddings of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zulu kingdom, South Africa

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zulu kingdom, South Africa married now Queen Sibongile Dlamini Zulu as his first wife on 27 December 1969  before ascending the throne as it is custom at Nongoma’s Anglican Church.

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zulu kingdom, South Africa married now Queen Buhle Mathe Zulu as his second wife on 29 April 1974.

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zulu kingdom, South Africa married Princess Mantfombi Dlamini of Eswatini formerly Swaziland in 1977. Princess Mantfombi Dlamini is the daughter of late HM King Sobhuza ii of Eswatini then Swaziland and sister to current King Mswati iii. The condition of her marriage was that she becomes the great wife of the king.

King Goodwill Zwelithini married Queen Thandekile Ndlovu as his fourth wife in 1988.

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King Zwelithini married his fifth wife noq Queen Nompumelelo Mchiza in married 25 July 1992

King Zwelithini betrothed in 2006 and married his sixth and last wife in 2014

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Wedding of Princess Aida Desta of Ethiopia and Leul Ras Mengesha Seyoum of Tigay royal house

HIH Princess Aida Desta of Ethiopia (Solomonic or shoa dynasty) and HH Leul Ras Mengesha Seyoum, heir and prince of Western Tigray royal house that ruled Tigray kingdom before merged to Ethiopia. Princess Aida Desta was the eldest granddaughter of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia through his eldest daughter Princess Tenagnework Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. The princess often accompanied her grandfather the emperor Haile Selassie abroad as his companion. She died in 2013. Leul Ras Mengesha Seyoum is the heir and prince of the Western Tigray royal house that ruled the Tigray kingdom before it was merged with Ethiopia. He is also the great-grandson of Emperor Yohannes iv of Ethiopia. He previously served in various royal positions before the abolition of the Ethiopian monarchy. He was appointed to the national Reconciliation commission and is the senior-most elder prince of Ethiopia after the crown prince. They have 7 children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Wedding of King Langalibalele ii of Hlubi, South Africa and princess Phumzile of Eswatini formerly swaziland, 1976

Current King Langalibalele ii of the Hlubi tribe of South Africa married Princess Phumzile of Eswatini formerly Swaziland in 1976 in a traditional wedding. Now called Queen Phumzile Mzamose she is the granddaughter of King Sobhuza II. They have four children.

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Wedding of Princess Orah Nohlanhla Zulu of Zulu Kingdom and Prince Klaas Mahlangu of Ndzundza Mabhoko, South Africa in 1967

The Ndundza – Zulu royal wedding of Princess Orah Nohlanhla Zulu and Prince Klaas Makhosana Mahlangu in 1967. Late Princess Orah Zulu was the eldest daughter of late King Cyprian Bhekuzulu and sister to late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zulu kingdom, South Africa. Prince Klaas Mahlangu was a prince from the Ndzundza Mabhoko clan of Ndebele Kingdom, South Africa as the son of Prince Maphepha Mahlangu.

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Wedding of King(Motlotlehi) Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho and Princess ‘Masentle Tabitha Lerotholi Mojela, 1962

King Moshoeshoe II married Princess ‘Masentle Tabitha Lerotholi Mojela (later known as Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso) at the Catholic Cathedral of Mofumahali oa Tlholo (Our Lady of Victories) in Maseru on 23 August 1962. The King was 24 at the time and the young princess from Tebang in Mafeteng was 21.

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Wedding of King (Kgosi) Lebone Edward Molotlegi of Bafokeng, South Africa and Princess Semane Molotlegi of BaMangwato, Botswana, 1963

Late Kgosi Lebone Edward Molotlegi of Bafokeng , South Africa married princess Semane of BaMangwato tribe, Botswana as the daughter of Prince regent Tshekedi Khama. Their son is King or Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi of Bafokeng

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Wedding of King (Kgosi) Linchwe II of Bakgatla ba Kgafela, Botswana and princess Kathleen Nono Mostepe of BaKgtala ba Mmakau, south africa 1963

Kgosi Linchwe II of Bakgatla ba Kgafela of Botswana married in princess Kathleen Nono Mostepe of BaKgtala ba Mmakau, south africa in 1963. Their sons are current Kgosikgolo (King or Paramount Chief) Kgafela Kgafela II of Bakgatla people of Botswana and South Africa and Mmusi Kgafela, minister of investment, trade and industry in Botswana government

Wedding of Prince(Umuganwa) Louis Rwagasore of Burundi, 1956

Royal wedding of Prince Louis Rwagasore of Burundi and princess Marie Rose Ntamikevyo in 1959. Prince Louis Rwagasore was the eldest son of King Mwambutsa IV Bangiricenge of Burundi and served as Prime minister until he was ass@sinated by the Belgium colonial government three years after his wedding in 1961. Today he is considered an independence hero and is celebrated every 13th October Shortly after his death his two daughters princess Maria Therese and princess Maria Pia also d!ed of suspected poisoning. They are buried alongside their father. Princess Marie Rose Ntamikevyo fell into depression and d!ed of suspected poisoning in 1973 as released by her parents autopsy report.

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Wedding of Kyabazinga Isebantu (King) Henry Wako Muloki of BuSoga kingdom, 1956

Kyabazinga Isebantu (King) Henry Wako Muloki of BuSoga kingdom and Inhebantu (Queen) Alice Muloki in 1956