Who are the most famous african warriors?

Do you know which of African warriors and conquerors are considered the greatest of their epoque. Read this article to find out!

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Through its long history Africa had had some marvelous warriors. Some of them were soldiers, some were conquerors, but most of them war famous war lords and emperors.

Here’s the list of the most known and deadliest African warriors.


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He was an ancient Kushite king and founder of the Twenty-fifth dynasty of Egypt.  He had been a king  of  Egypt from 747 BCE to c. 722 BCE.
He was passionate about the worship of god Anun. Piye restored all the forgotten temples of Anun. He had offered him a big number of sacrifices.


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He was a military commander from Carthage, and he is often considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. Hannibal lived during a period of great tension in the Mediterranean Basin, when the Roman Republic had its supremacy over other great powers.
One of his most famous achievements was at the outbreak of the Second Punic War; there he led an army which included war elephants from Iberia over the Pyrenees and the Alps into Italy. In his first few years in Italy, he won three dramatic victories—the Trebia, Lake Trasimene, and Cannae, in which he distinguished himself for his ability to determine his and his opponent's strengths and weaknesses, and to play the battle to his strengths and the enemy's weaknesses—and won over many allies of Rome. Hannibal occupied much of Italy for 15 years but was unable to march on Rome.


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She was a Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in Syria during the third century. She is known to led a famous revolt against the Roman Empire.
Some sources describe Zenobia as beautiful and smart woman, with a dark complexion, pearly white teeth, and bright black eyes. Sources also describe Zenobia as carrying herself like a man, riding, hunting and drinking on occasion with her officers. She was fluent in Greek, Aramaic, and Egyptian, with a working knowledge of Latin.

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Thutmose III

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He was the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. He served as the head of the Egyptian armies. The largest empire Egypt had ever seen was created while he was the pharaoh. He conquered all of the lands from Niya in North Syria to the Fourth Cataract of the Nile in Nubia.
Officially, Thutmose III ruled Egypt for almost fifty-four years and historians consider him as a military genius.
Thutmose III had performed 16 raids in 20 years. He was an active expansionist ruler, sometimes called Egypt's greatest conqueror or "the Napoleon of Egypt."

Sonni Ali

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The first king of the Songhai Empire, located in west Africa and the 15th ruler of the Sonni dynasty. Under his infantry and cavalry, his armies had conquered and the fortified many cities, such as Timbuktu and Djenné.
Sonni Ali ruled over urban Muslims and rural non-Muslims at a time when the traditional co-existence of different beliefs was being challenged. However, historians claim that he was Muslim himself.

Ann Nzingha

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She was the queen of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in Angola.
Nzingha came to power as an ambassador after she regained control of the Portuguese fortress of Ambaca.
She is remembered in Angola for her political and diplomatic acumen, as well as her brilliant military tactics.
Some facts of her life are often romanticized, and she is considered a symbol of the fight against oppression.

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