List of kings of Rwanda

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Mwami of Rwanda
Former Monarchy
Royal Rwanda Coat.jpg
Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Rwanda
First monarch Mwami Giganga I (1st Dynasty)
Last monarch Mwami Kigeli V Ndahindurwa (3rd Dynasty)
Style His Majesty the Mwami of Rwanda
Official residence Nyanza, Rwanda
Monarchy began 1081
Monarchy ended January 28, 1961

This page contains a list of Kings (Mwami, plural Abami) of Rwanda. The Kingdom of Rwanda was one of the oldest and the most centralized kingdoms in the history of Central and East Africa. Its state and affairs before King Gihanga is largely unconfirmed and highly shrouded in mythical tales.

Kings of Rwanda[edit]

1st Dynasty[edit]

2nd Dynasty[edit]

  • Kigeli I Mukobanya (1378–1418)
  • Mibambwe I Sekarongoro I Mutabazi (1418–1444)
  • Yuhi wa II Gahima II (1444–1477)
  • Ndahiro wa II Cyamatare (1477–1510)

3rd Dynasty[edit]

  • Ruganzu II Ndoli (1510–1543)
  • Mutara I Nsoro II Semugeshi (1543–1576)
  • Kigeli II Nyamuheshera (1576–1609)
  • Mibamwe II Sekarongoro II Gisanura (1609–1642)
  • Yuhi III Mazimpaka (1642–1675)
  • Cyilima II Rujugira (1675–1708)
  • Kigeli wa III Ndabarasa (1708–1741)
  • Mibambwe III Mutabazi II Sentabyo (1741–1746)
  • Yuhi IV Gahindiro (1746–1802)
  • Mutara II Rwogera (1802–1853)
  • Kigeli IV Rwabugiri (1853–1895)
  • Mibambwe IV Rutarindwa (1895 – November 1896)
  • Yuhi wa V Musinga (November 1896 – November 12, 1931)
  • Mutara III Rudahigwa (November 12, 1931 – July 25, 1959)
  • Kigeli V Ndahindurwa (July 25, 1959 – January 28, 1961)

(On January 28, 1961 Rwanda became a republic, while Kigeli V still maintains his claim to the throne)

See also[edit]