KNOW YOUR HISTORY: The kings of Rwanda

For close to 1000 years, Rwanda was governed by kings. Alex Kagame, in his book “Inganji Kalinga” reveals the names of all the kings who ruled Rwanda from 970 until 1961 when the monarchy was abolished.

For close to 1000 years, Rwanda was governed by kings. Alex Kagame, in his book “Inganji Kalinga” reveals the names of all the kings who ruled Rwanda from 970 until 1961 when the monarchy was abolished.

ORDER is: Year, Name of king, Name of queens .

970 - 1000 Gihanga Ngomijana, Nyiragihanga Nyirarukangaga
1000-1030 Kanyarwanda Gahima, Nyirakanyarwanda Nyamususa
1030 – 1060 Yuhi I Musindi, Nyirayuhi I Nyamata
1060 -1090 Rumeza Kirezi
1090 – 1120 Nyarume Nyirashyoza.
1120 – 1150 Rukuge Nyirankindi
1150 – 1180 Rubanda Nkundwa
1180 – 1210 Ndahiro I Ruyange Nyirandahiro I Cyizigira
1210 - 1240 Ndoba Monde
1240 -1270 Samembe Magondo
1270 – 1312 Nsoro Samukondo Nyiransoro Nyakanga
1312 - 1345 Ruganzu I Bwimba Nyiraruganzu I Nyakanga
1345 -1378 Cyilima I Rugwe, Nyiracyilima I Nyakiyaga
1378 – 1411 Kigeli I Mukobanya Nyirakigeli I Nyanguge
1411 – 1444 Mibambwe I Sekarongoro I Mutabazi Nyiramibambwe I Nyabadaha
1444 -1477 Yuhi II Gahima II Nyirayuhi II Matama,
1477 – 1510 Ndahiro II Cyamatare Nyirandahiro II Nyirangabo
1510 - 1543 Ruganzu II Ndoli, Nyiraruganzu II Nyirarumaga
1543 – 1576 Mutara I Nsoro II Semugeshi Nyiramavugo I Nyirakabogo
1576 – 1609 Kigeli II Nyamuheshera Nyirakigeli II Ncendeli
1609 – 1642 Mibambwe II Sekarongoro II Gisanura Nyiramibambwe II Nyabuhoro
1642 -1675 Yuhi III Mazimpaka Nyirayuhi III Nyamarembo
1675 -1708 Cyilima II Rujugira Nyiracyilima II Kirongoro
1708 – 1741 Kigeli III Ndabarasa Nyirakigeli III Rwesero
1741 – 1746 Mibambwe III Mutabazi II Sentabyo Nyiramibambwe III Nyiratamba
1746 – 1853 Yuhi IV Gahindiro Nyirayuhi IV Nyiratunga
1853 – 1856 Mutara II Rwogera Nyiramavugo II Nyiramongi
1856 – 1897 Kigeli IV Rwabugili Nyirakigeli IV Murorunkwere
1897 - 1931 Yuhi V Musinga Nyirayuhi V Kanjogera
1931 - 1959 Mutara III Charles-Leon- Pierre Rudahigwa Nyiramavugo III Radegonde Kankazi
1959- 1961 KIgeli V

Compiled by Angel Phionah Ampurire

 

For close to 1000 years, Rwanda was governed by kings. Alex Kagame, in his book “Inganji Kalinga” reveals the names of all the kings who ruled Rwanda from 970 until 1961 when the monarchy was abolished.

 

Year                                                Name  of king                                                                                       Name of queens                       .

970 - 1000                                 Gihanga  Ngomijana,                                                                                      Nyiragihanga  Nyirarukangaga

1000-1030                                Kanyarwanda Gahima,                                                                                     Nyirakanyarwanda  Nyamususa

 1030 – 1060                            Yuhi I Musindi,                                                                                                                            Nyirayuhi I Nyamata                  

1060 -1090                                             Rumeza                                                                                                                                  Kirezi                                       

 1090 – 1120                                         Nyarume                                                                                                        Nyirashyoza.

 1120 – 1150                            Rukuge                                                                                                                                  Nyirankindi

 1150 – 1180                            Rubanda                                                                                                        Nkundwa                                    

1180 – 1210                             Ndahiro I Ruyange                                                                                         Nyirandahiro I Cyizigira           

1210 - 1240                              Ndoba                                                                                                                                    Monde

1240 -1270                                  Samembe                                                                                                      Magondo

1270 – 1312                             Nsoro Samukondo                                                                                       Nyiransoro Nyakanga                

1312 - 1345                              Ruganzu I Bwimba                                                                                            Nyiraruganzu I Nyakanga          

1345 -1378                               Cyilima I Rugwe,                                                                                                  Nyiracyilima I Nyakiyaga          

1378 – 1411                             Kigeli I Mukobanya                                                                                         Nyirakigeli I Nyanguge             

1411 – 1444                             Mibambwe I Sekarongoro I Mutabazi                                   Nyiramibambwe I Nyabadaha

1444 -1477                               Yuhi II Gahima II                                                                                                                       Nyirayuhi II Matama,                  

 1477 – 1510                             Ndahiro II Cyamatare                                                                                      Nyirandahiro II Nyirangabo 

1510 - 1543                              Ruganzu II Ndoli,                                                                                                  Nyiraruganzu II Nyirarumaga      

1543 – 1576                             Mutara I Nsoro II    Semugeshi                                                                         Nyiramavugo I Nyirakabogo

1576 – 1609                             Kigeli II Nyamuheshera                                                                                   Nyirakigeli II Ncendeli

1609 – 1642                             Mibambwe II Sekarongoro    II Gisanura                                   Nyiramibambwe II Nyabuhoro

1642 -1675                               Yuhi III Mazimpaka                                                                                         Nyirayuhi III Nyamarembo

1675 -1708                               Cyilima II Rujugira                                                                                            Nyiracyilima II Kirongoro

1708 – 1741                             Kigeli III Ndabarasa                                                                                            Nyirakigeli III Rwesero

1741 – 1746                             Mibambwe III Mutabazi II    Sentabyo                                        Nyiramibambwe III Nyiratamba

 1746 – 1853                            Yuhi IV Gahindiro                                                                                                                   Nyirayuhi IV Nyiratunga

1853 – 1856                             Mutara II Rwogera                                                                                          Nyiramavugo II Nyiramongi

 1856 – 1897                            Kigeli IV Rwabugili                                                                                           Nyirakigeli IV Murorunkwere

1897 - 1931                              Yuhi V Musinga                                                                                                                     Nyirayuhi V Kanjogera

1931 - 1959                              Mutara III Charles-Leon- Pierre Rudahigwa                             Nyiramavugo III Radegonde Kankazi                    

1959- 1961                               KIgeli V

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Compiled by Angel Phionah Ampurire

 

 

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