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  1. Jim Ciscell at |

    too American

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    1. redstick at |

      I was unable to identify a single American on this list. ???

      The list being so unsatisfactory, what is YOUR list and why? No sarcasm, just curius.

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      1. Jim Ciscell at |

        Is a running joke that people say the lists are too bent towards American. When I saw a list with no Americans, I simply thought back to the previous accusations of bias and commented.

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        1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

          You know something I came across when researching for this list is that two Americans have actually be named princes by Africans. Believe it or not, Jesse Jackson inherited the title of the High Prince of the Agni people of Côte d’Ivoire from Michael Jackson. See http://www.vanityfair.com/online/style/2009/08/jesse-jackson-now-african-royalty for the original source. Incidentally, Gadhaffi was even named “King of Kings” by a whole bunch of African royalty not long before the revolution that eventually toppled him. Of course, none of these men really used these as their preeminent titles of office. For this list, I am focusing on monarchs as rulers and not presidents, which is why Nelson Mandela’s whose highest political office was President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 is not on this list, as he was a president (a leader), but not a ruler in the traditional sense of a monarch (king, emperor, etc.). It’s baffling that some (not you, Jim) missed the opening paragraph, where I explicitly state for this list I am focusing on monarchs and keep saying, “Nelson Mandela?” anyway. After all, I was considering a different list on greatest non-monarchic leaders in Africa, such as Mandela, Kenyatta, etc. Cheers! Matthew

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  2. 5minutes at |

    6/10 of these are Egyptian Pharaohs. With the exception of Shaka Zulu, the video game king, a guy most people have never heard of, and the Rastafarian Jesus (who denied the exalted place he’s been given by Rastafarians), this list is entirely situated in the far northeast corner of Africa on the banks of the Nile River.

    Just saying that maybe a little more variety is needed. How about some recent rulers like Nelson Mandela, for instance?

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      Hello!

      I did not include Mandela, because as I note in the introduction, I am focusing on kings and emperors rather than presidents.

      I could do a follow up on top 10 African presidents, however.

      Best,

      Matthew

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  3. dude at |

    like Jim Ciscell said too American

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  4. THATguy at |

    This “list” sucked. VERY Euro-centric, this list….i guess white people are more romanticized with Egyptians they’ve studied and “understand” instead of heathens from “Darkest Africa”

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    1. redstick at |

      No mention of South Africa, either. Not P.C., I guess. Although it is a shamed that Nelson Mandela was excluded.

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      1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

        Hello!

        I did not include Mandela, because as I note in the introduction, I am focusing on kings and emperors rather than presidents.

        I could do a follow up on top 10 African presidents, however.

        I did, nevertheless, include a Zulu as the tenth entry who ruled in the region that became South Africa.

        Best,

        Matthew

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  5. TJ at |

    Nelson Mandela

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      Hello!

      I did not include Mandela, because as I note in the introduction, I am focusing on kings and emperors rather than presidents.

      I could do a follow up on top 10 African presidents, however.

      Best,

      Matthew

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  6. me at |

    Yeah, where is Nelson Mandela?

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  7. Sheamus at |

    What about Idi Amin, “His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular.” :D

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    1. Big J in PA at |

      You forgot “Last King of Scotland” ;-)

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  8. Dan at |

    This list had soo much potential. I won’t critize it too heavily, I am mainly just disappointed in the lack of death and variety. Some of the enteries are 5-6 sentences… and even these contain modern information about movies and how much they grossed? I want to read an educational article on the Scorpion King, not learn about how it produced “$165,333,180 internationally”, what the hell does that have to do with him being a top leader?

    Case in point, there is very very little detailed information when there is TONS available on all of these people. I hope future lists add more depth on the actual topic and less on the modern cultural viewpoints on these people and how they are visioned in T.V shows and through memorabilia.

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    1. Sheamus at |

      Lack of death? What do you mean? All of these people are dead.

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  9. James at |

    Askia the Great

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  10. TMK at |

    Although probably not the best ruler, I am choosing Cleopatra. Her name is known by everyone. She was able to get men to do battle for her. She must of had a lot of influence to get people to believe in her and stand behind her.

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  11. meinereine at |

    I don’t think, thant Nefertiti belongs on this list.
    She never ruled Egypt, she just was the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, and she vanished out of history in his 12th or 14th year of reign.

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  12. RFonseca at |

    I think this list could have had a little more info on some of the rulers. That being said, I googled a few of the men that had little info written about them. I really like Cleopatra, I always have. She was strong and kind. I like how people say she was ‘captivating,’ although some photos and statues suggest otherwise. People say that I have a great personality and I too am ambitious, so I guess her and I could relate.

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  13. Jeremy Snyder at |

    Thutmose III was the greatest African ruler. He had a good military campaign. Mostly though I picked him for his awesome nickname. With a nickname like “the Napoleon of Egypt” and a reputation to back it up makes him pretty great.

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  14. KRT at |

    I would have to say the Ramessess II the Great not only for the battle of kadesh because obviously noone really won and they agreed to a peace treaty but because he was young ruler who took in part to some major building projects. Especially ones of himself.

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  15. Ashley Arthur at |

    I would have to say King Scorpion, I think, is one of the greatest rulers because I find it very interesting that he was the first founder of Egypt’s First Dynasty. I don’t know why I find that so interesting but I really like Egypt as it represents all of the great sculptures, statues, temples, and so much more. I would love to visit Egypt one day !

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  16. Titus at |

    Since Akhenaten isn’t on the list, I’m going to have to go with his wife, Nefertiti. They changed how people viewed God, by worshiping one God instead of many!

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  17. sammy preston at |

    All Egyptians rulers, this is Egypt history.

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      Sammy, The following on the list are not Egyptian:

      10. Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c. 1787 – c. 22 September 1828)

      8. Haile Selassie I (23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975)

      6. Askia the Great (ca. 1443 – 1538)

      2. Mansa Musa I (c. 1280 – c. 1337)

      Sincerely,

      Dr. Zarzeczny

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  18. Dagmawi at |

    Where is King Menelik II who defeated the Italian army? why he is not in the least? Is it because he defeated the modern and organized Italian army? your least sucks!

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    1. Fred Herbert at |

      What’s a “least”?

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  19. Rob at |

    It’s interesting how you switch between BC and BCE within entries, in this list you even switched between the 2 within 5 sentences (see Thutmose). With the advertising on this site, I’d think you’d be able to shell out for an editor who isn’t half brain dead, if you even have one.

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