She was one of the greatest single parents who ever lived. Nandi kaBhebhe eLangeni was the warrior mother of Shaka Zulu., the famed leader of the Zulu in South AfManthatisirica. She battled slave traders as well and trained her son to be a warrior. When he became King he established an all-female regiment which often fought in the front lines of his army.
When confronted by animosity, rejection, insults, and humiliation, she nevertheless raised her son (Shaka) the best way she could — never to give up on life —to have strength of will, and to believe in his destiny. She raised him to believe in the power of unity, and in the concept of “We are the same”. Nandi devoted her life to her son and his siblings, protecting them the best she knew how, seeking refuge, and later finding him the best mentors in Dingiswayo and Ngomane, amongst others.
Nandi a zulu Queen waited over 20 years to be acknowledged and crowned queen, At that time she could have had some of her biggest enemies removed and or even killed, But she showed mercy.
In 1827, Shaka’s mother, Nandi, died, and in his grief the Zulu leader lost his mind.
Shaka had made enough enemies among his own people to hasten his demise. It came relatively quickly after the death of his mother Nandi in October 1827, and the devastation caused by Shaka’s subsequent erratic behavior. When Nandi died of dysentery, Shaka put on his war regalia and proceeded to scream his anguish.
The entire tribe of 15,000 Zulus erupted into wailing and shrieking. On Shaka’s orders, several people were executed on the spot, and a general massacre broke out. Tradition held that upon the death of someone of Nandi’s stature, several servants and attendants would be wounded or killed, but in this case, the event became a cover for many people to settle old scores. At least 7,000 people who were deemed to be insufficiently grief-stricken were executed.
South African director William Faure, in the special features segment of the four-DVD set, states off the bat, “I desperately wanted to do Shaka Zulu.
I just couldn’t get [South African Broadcasting Corporation] interested, right? Because it was a Black subject.” Then screenwriter Joshua Sinclair joined him. Together they came up with funding. Afterward, the embarrassed SABC had to buy their way on board.
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