By Jim Haskins
Meet the best heroes of africa--from historic to trendy times"The books within the Black Stars sequence are the categories of books that might have fairly captivated me as a kid."--Earl G. Graves, Black firm magazineKofi AnnanAskia the GreatBambaataBehanzin Hossu BowelleStephen BikoCetewayoConstance Cummings-JohnImhotepKenneth KaundaJomo KenyattaKhamaSir Seretse KhamaPatrice LumumbaAlbert John LuthuliNelson MandelaMenelik IIMosheshMansa MusaKwame NkrumahJulius NyerereNzinghaPiankhyRabahHaile SelassieAlbertina SisuluOsei TutuYoussef I
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Osei Tutu’s chief queen led this delegation. She was an extraordinarily beautiful woman. Bosinante fell in love with her immediately, and she returned the feeling. When the delegation of wives returned to Coomassie, Osei Tutu realized that his chief queen was pregnant. He was insulted and furious. Apparently, he did not see the irony in the fact that he himself had been forced to flee Denkera in his youth because of a similar offense. Bosinante offered a large quantity of gold as a peace offering, but Osei Tutu would not have it.
By 1895, however, pressure from the whiskey traders and the railroad builders was so great that he traveled to London to plead with Queen Victoria for her help in keeping what he considered evil forces out of his territory. He was received in London with great respect and all the honors due to a king, and Queen Victoria confirmed his right to control what went on in Bechuanaland. Kgosi Khama III presided over a peaceful kingdom, his power unthreatened, for many more years, and in the fiftieth year of his reign was honored with a great celebration.
He decided to introduce Christianity into his kingdom and invited missionaries from Europe to teach their religion to his people. His missionary guests were impressed by Moshesh’s apparent piety (secretly he held on to his own faith) and sent glowing reports back to Europe. Meanwhile, Moshesh almost immediately broke the treaty he had signed. Hardly had Sir Harry Smith left Basuto territory when Moshesh ordered an attack on the Boers, seizing ten thousand cattle and twenty-five hundred horses in a series of successful raids.
African Heroes (Black Stars) by Jim Haskins