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Queen Lozikeyi Dlodlo – #BlackHistoryMonth Profile 1

Queen Lozikeyi was King Lobengula’s second senior wife.
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She married King Lobengula well after his coronation as King.
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Among her duties as Senior Queen was overseeing the white people and their interaction with the members of the Ndebele community.
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When King Lobengula disappeared, Queen #Lozikeyi became the defacto leader of the #Ndebele.
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She was the leader and the inspiration for the second Anglo-Matabele war, also known as the War of the Red Axe and the First Chimurenga, which is considered #Zimbabwe’s first war for Independence.
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By the end of 1896, Rhodes’ forces and the Ndebele army had reached a stalemate.
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Queen Lozikeyi led the peace initiative through runners and guided the izindaba (negotiations) in the #Matobo mountains.
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This led to an amnesty and ceasefire, although the Ndebele people had already lost their best land and control.
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However, the Queen continued to defend and protect her people after the war.
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Referred to as a dangerous and intriguing woman by the British, Lozikeyi was a no-nonsense woman who spoke her mind and was openly defiant against the white settlers.

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