Henry Cele, a South African actor, is best known for playing the legendary Zulu warrior King Shaka kaSenzangakhona in the 1986 South African television miniseries Shaka Zulu and the subsequent television film Shaka Zulu: The Last Great Warrior.
Due to his skill as a goalie, Cele earned the moniker “Black Cat” and represented Aces United in the 1960s South African Soccer League. He also coached a professional soccer team in South Africa up until his passing and played for the Lamontville Golden Arrows f.c. soccer team in Lamontville Township. He participated in Durban’s Commercial Football League on Saturdays for Durity Football Club.
Cele was a well-known actor who appeared in both his home South Africa and the United States. After playing the same part in a stage production of Shaka Zulu in South Africa, he was chosen for the Shaka role in the miniseries. The African American Jet Magazine featured Cele in relation to his performance in Shaka Zulu-The Mini Series. Along with overseas films, he played significant roles in South African films and television shows.
Later, Cele returned to his homeland of KwaMashu township and left his suburban house in Glenmore, south of Durban.
Cele passed away on December 2, 2007, at Durban’s St. Augustine’s Hospital. He is interred at the Stellawood Cemetery in the South African province of KwaZulu-Durban Natal’s eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.
He allegedly passed away in a rage.
In a customary ceremony in South Africa, Misuzulu ka Zwelithini was crowned Zulu monarch following a year-long family dispute.
The 48-year-old is the son of the former monarch, but some royals had maintained that the will of the deceased king was actually forgeried and that the 48-year-old was not the genuine heir.
At the traditional Zulu coronation held on Saturday at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace, thousands of people attended. The king entered the revered cattle kraal to honor his ancestors before being formally recognized as the new Zulu king by both the living and the dead.
As a crucial demonstration that he is the one who has been chosen, he was supposed to wear the lion’s hide that he killed for the royal occasion. To get ready for the festivities, more than 10 cows were killed.
The Zulu nation has an illustrious past. The battle of Isandlwana in 1879 saw it defeat British troops, earning it worldwide fame.
Its contests for succession have always been heated and occasionally bloody. In order to ascend to the throne, the legendary King Shaka ka Senzangakhona murdered his brother in 1816. Years later, he was assassinated in a plot orchestrated by his nephew.
People came from allover the world to celebrate with the new king , amongst the guest people couldn’t help but notice that the was a guy who looked like” Henry Cele from Shaka Zulu” this caused a stir on social media.