The Zulus are one of the best known and most respected nations in Africa. The present ruling monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, is a direct descendent of King Shaka, the founder of the Zulu nation. The year 2009 marks the 38th Anniversary of the reign of King Zwelithini.
When Shaka Zulu became King in 1819 he inherited from his predecessor a number of extended social units, hardly to be called a kingdom. He developed a first class fighting army and instilled qualities of discipline, courage, determination, a sense of mission, teamwork, military precision, and total commitment into his fighting forces, and into the Zulu nation as a whole.
He revolutionized warfare of the day by creating innovative military strategies and weaponry, building an army which was to hand the British their colonial defeat. King Shaka is credited with being one of the greatest military strategists of all time, and in twelve years of his reign was to directly influence or control the geopolitics of an area larger than Europe.
Today the Zulu nation is 10,000,000 strong, constituting a fifth of the population of South Africa, joined together by language, tradition, history and their unique culture. They are known for artistic creation in beads and pottery and maintaining the customs of their forefathers.
King Zwelithini has revived many of the traditional ceremonies of the Zulu nation as a means of reaffirming in his people the principles and pride of the early Zulu nation and sharing this rich cultural heritage with visitors of all persuasions from near and far.
The King Shaka Zulu Medallion, a 24 carat gold treasure, is the first of a series of twelve medallions featuring Kings of the Zulu nation. Each medallion will have a ‘message for living’ gleaned from the life of the King being featured, as the King Shaka Medallion bears the message “STRATEGIZE”.
The medallion pictured above is a part of The Museum of UnCut Funk Collection