African Warriors Names

10 Famous African Warrior Names With History

For any persona, leadership quality is momentous to conquer something. It’s a latent part of human personality that demonstrates the inner capabilities of a person.

The eminent part of black people has given birth to many exceptional African Leaders and warriors who made it possible to write their names in the book of history.

From the Egyptians to Zulus, we explored some deadliest warriors names who have risen the earth with their brilliant strategies.

Out of these massive lists, the top 10 names will be discussed here.
Let’s get into the exploration.

Top 10 Warriors of African:

Africa doesn’t have any shortage of legendary figures. Here is a list of top figures we came up with.

1. Mansa Kankan Musa

Musa I is known as the tenth Mansa or king of Mali. His sovereignty span was between 1312 and 1337 AD.

He was considered one of the wealthiest leaders on the African mainland and successfully seized Mali’s 24 cities during his leadership.

For his leadership, people named him many titles and nicknames, including the ‘Conqueror of Ghanata’ and ‘Lion of Mali’.

The greatest warrior of Africa also monitored all the gold mines in Wahgar. He is best remembered in the Middle East and Europe for his luxurious pilgrimage to Mecca.

As a king, he always followed the path of morality. And he left his morals and ethics for his people after his death.

2. Warrior Memnon

For Greek mythology, King Memnon is a prominent figure. He was the Tithonus and the goddess Eos’s son. He became the king of Ethiopia after his brother’s demise.

Memnon played a central role in the Trojan war. He raged upon Troy’s defense with an army and
He brought an army to Troy’s defense and killed Prince Antilochus during a fierce battle.

Except for the Trojan war, Great Ruler Menon has come over Egypt and Susa’s ancient land, which later turned into Persia.

In Egypt, there was a statue of king Memnon near Thebes, which is about 70 feet at length though a massive earthquake later destroyed it.

3. Hatshepsut

Without the legendary warrior Hatshepsut, the list is incomplete. Hatshepsut was the first female warrior who controlled for a longer time in Egypt. She ruled for 20 years and was considered one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs.

After her husband Thutmose’s II death, Hatshepsut became the ultimate pharaoh of Egypt. During her reign, she remarkably increased Egypt’s wealth by forming trade networks and funding expeditions.
‘Land of Punt’ is an example of one of her funding expeditions. She established many grooves, monuments, and statues.

There were no static causes of her death, but scientists discovered that chronic skin disease led her to death.

4. Piankhi

Ruler Piankhi is known to be the founder of the Egyptian Dynasty. He was renowned by another name, “Piye”. His ruling period lasted from 744-714 BC in Egypt.

King Piye was the monarch of kush, the most potent state of Nubia. Again he was a pharaoh too. He was attributed to pharaoh’s majesty when the present rulers fell out and approved him as a dominator of upper Egypt.

Following that, he became the pharaoh of middle and lower Egypt also. While making control over cities like Herakleoplis, Hermopolis, Memphis, and many others, eventually, he won the entire country.

5. Yakub Al-Mansur

Yakub al-Mansur was revered as Jacob Almanzor or Moulaye Yacub, the third Almohad Caliph. His sovereignty reigned for 15 years ( 1184 to 1199).

His name, Al-Mansur, signifies the quality of indomitable. Throughout all combats, he won this title without losing a single battle.

By conquesting several wars, Al-Mansur was able to intermit Christian faith in Europe’s Liberian Peninsula, though it was for a shorter period.

Under his control, he had constructed enormous mosques at Granada and Cordova. Even still now, these mosques are remarkable.

After revenging his father’s death from the Spanish, he returned to Africa.

6. Queen Amanirenas

Queen Amanirenas was the most courageous female warrior in African history. She governed the ancient kush kingdom, starting from 40 to 10 BC.

Amanirenas was the most well-known kandakes by her role in conducting Kushite armies in opposition to the Romans. The battle against Romans had stood for five years. After conquering the war, the Kushites ambushed the Romans and drove them away from Egypt.

From this short description of Queen Amanirenas, her bravery, political zeal, and fighting spirit were legendary and an inspiration for all the female leaders.

7. Shaka kaSenzangakhona

Shaka kaSenzangakgona once used to be a great leader of the Zulu state. He had been a strong influence on the Nguni people in his Zulu kingdom.

Shaka was thought to be a bright politician and military at his time. His toughness was not comparable to anyone. In the reign of Shaka, he controlled more than 250,000 people and had over 50,000 warriors.

Shaka Zulu was slaughtered by two of his half brother at the age of 40. However, this blueprint of his murder didn’t accomplish on the first try.

Historians gave Shaka kaSenzangakhona the titile of ‘uniter’ or ‘usurper’.

8. Zenobia

Zenobia was born in AD240, the second wife of King Odaenathus of Roman Syria’s Palmyrene Empire. She was crowned as a queen of the Palmyrene Empire after his husband’s death took place in 267.
For a future couple of years, she started amplifying the imperium and eventually earned victory over Egypt.

Queen Zenobia had ruled Egypt until she lost to the Romans. She had been presented to Rome as a bondsman by Emperor Aurelian in 274, and the same year she fell from power.

Later, being released by the Aurelian, she made up her abode in Tibur villa and became a reputed philosopher. Her marriage with a Roman senator is also evidential here.

9. Ewuare the Great

Ewuare 1 ruled the Benin Empire for the latter half of the 15th century AD. He got to power through a violent and bloody coup against his brother. As a result of this coup, most of Benin, the capital got destroyed.

Though his rise to power was a nasty journey, Benin’s rebuilding and reforming political structures earned him “The Great” title. His expanding the empire and being a patron of arts also helped him become a great leader.

He was a real historical figure who was believed to have magical power. To renew his magical strength, the Igue festival happened. But people still celebrate this festival to keep his legacy.

10. Queen Amina

To conclude the list, we have another marvelous African queen to introduce. Queen Amina was a ferocious warrior queen and ruler at the same time who ruled the Zaria Empire, present Nigeria.
Under the hood, she took over many cities in her 34 years of ruling. A fearsome legacy of her to uphold, she introduced kola nuts cultivation in her empire.

Queen Amina was also called by another name, “Aminatu”. She was a heroic and ferocious warrior, and when she was just a bare child, her grandmother noticed her reining a dagger-like a warrior.

Unlike other female queens, she turned down to marry, in case she would lose authority.


For many unknown years, African history has come up with legendary warriors, kings, queens, and other powerful individuals. Though the culture, countries of warriors have been lost to the time, still people remember those figures and celebrate their bravery and outstanding achievements.