History March 24, 2019 at 09:00 am

For resisting colonial rule, the British exiled these African kings to Seychelles in the 1800s

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson March 24, 2019 at 09:00 am

March 24, 2019 at 09:00 am | History

Chwa II Kabalega

King Chwa II – Kabelega of Bunyoro Kingdom, Uganda

Chwa II Kabalega ruled the Bunyoro kingdom from 1870 to 1899. He was a strong and optimistic King who believed that economic and infrastructural development of his Kingdom would benefit generations to come. During his rule, he developed the trading sector which brought in more wealth for the better of the Kingdom. He also resisted colonization, westernization and the attempts of the British to take over his Kingdom.

The British declared war on Bunyoro in 1894 which made Kabalega Chwa II go into hiding in order to plan several attacks on the British. Known as the Nyangire Rebellion, Chwa II successfully defeated the British for five years securing help and protection from Somalia and Nubia.

In 1899, Kabalega Chwa II was found and shot by the British and was captured and exiled into Seychelles where he stayed for 24 years until in 1923 that he was granted freedom to return to his Kingdom. Unfortunately, Kabalega Chwa II died just before reaching the borders of his Kingdom on his return from Seychelles.

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