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He was the commanding general who led the Zulus against the Centre Column of the first British invasion of Zululand in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. He outmanoeuvred Lt. Gen. Lord Chelmsford, diverting part of the British force, then defeating and annihilating the encamped British Army at the Battle of Isandlwana, after the epic battle he became Britain's biggest foe. Ntshingwayo is regarded as a Zulu hero. He also is believed to be one of the oldest Zulu warriors, he died at the age of 74. Ntshingwayo's diet mainly consisted of amasi and beef later in his life.
On 21 July 1883, Zibhebhu launched a surprise attack on Cetshwayo's Ondini Homestead which was currently being renovated. Hundreds including his siblings Hayiyana and Makhoba were slain due to no preparation. In the incident Cetshwayo was wounded and fled the scene of the bloody coup, Ntshingwayo was killed along with his childhood friend Godide Ndlela (his brother Mavumengwana was 2nd in command with Ntshingwayo at Isandlhwana) and mourned by thousands mostly because he took his last bow in defence of his king, he was buried in an unmarked heap of rocks.
Zulu Victory - The Epic of Isandlwana and the Cover-Up - Ron Lock and Peter Quantrill - ISBN 1-85367-645-4
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