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African Kingdoms

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Beyond the village level, there were the provinces and ultimately the kingdom. The sizes of African kingdoms varied enormously and dispersed geographically although there were some regional concentrations. African kingdoms have been characterized as "divine kingships", a concept based upon the assumption that the king is the actual embodiment of the kingdom and that there is a mystical union between the king and the two. This chapter discusses some selected African kingdoms such as the Serer State/Kingdom, the kingdoms of Sierra Leone, the Mossi States/Kingdoms, the Ga-Dangme Kingdom, the Kingdom of Ife, the Kingdom of Kongo, the Basoga Kingdom of Uganda, the Swazi Kingdom, and the Zulu Kingdom. A few African kingdoms departed from the norm in the forms they took although the basic king-council structure was the same. The chapter discusses two kingdoms from them: the kingdom of Dahomey and the Dyola kingdom.

Keywords: African kingdoms; divine kingships; Dyola kingdom; Ga-Dangme Kingdom; kingdom of Dahomey; Kingdom of Ife; Kingdom of Kongo; kingdoms of Sierra Leone; Swazi Kingdom; Zulu Kingdom



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