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King Shaka kaSenzangakhona, popularly known as Shaka Zulu (b. 1787 - September 22, 1828) was the most influential leader and statesman of his time, and shaped the culture of Southern Africa in ways that still endure to the present day.
* Apart from a general agreement that Shaka was powerfully built, tall, with dark brown skin, and not overweight, details of his facial structure varied considerably depending upon whether it was his allies or his enemies who where describing him. His enemies contended that Shaka was "ugly" with a big nose, protruding teeth and forehead, and spoke as though his tongue were too big for his mouth. His allies did not confirm nor deny these allegations, so it's still open for debate. It seemed that more than a few agreed that Shaka had some form of speech impediment.
* Though Shaka's cruelty was as severe as it was legendary, it is well documented that he was a gifted singer, composer, and dancer. He and his mother Nandi were exceptionally close, to the point some thought that Shaka worshipped her. Her death left him a withdrawn, angry, and resentful man in private life.