List of kings of Rwanda

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Mwami of Rwanda
Royal Rwanda Coat.jpg
Royal Coat of arms
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Last to reign
Kigeli V Ndahindurwa

28 July 1959 – 28 January 1961
StyleHis Majesty
First monarchGihanga
Last monarchKigeli V Ndahindurwa
FormationUnknown (ancient times)
Abolition28 January 1961
ResidenceNyanza, Rwanda
AppointerRoyal Council of Abiru
Pretender(s)Prince Emmanuel Bushayija
Tutsi king Mutara
Kigeli V of Rwanda at the NLC

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.

Urutonde rw'Abami bayoboye u Rwanda[edit]

Abami b'imishumi (descendants of Ibimanuka gods) – B.C.E
king Kigeri IV Rwabugiri
1st Abami Bibitekerezo (1st Common Era Kings)
2nd Abami Bibitekerezo (2nd Common Era Kings)
Prince Emmanuel Bushayija (Yuhi VI).

On 28 January 1961, Rwanda abolished its monarchy and became a republic, during the Rwandan Revolution. Afterwards, Kigeli V Ndahindurwa continued to maintain his claim to the throne until his death on 16 October 2016 in Washington, D.C.[2] On 9 January 2017, the Royal Council of Abiru announced Prince Emmanuel Bushayija as the new heir to the throne. Prince Emmanuel adopted the regnal name Yuhi VI.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Leon Delmas
  2. ^ "Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, Rwandan king without a crown, dies at 80". The Washington Post. 18 October 2016.
  3. ^ Adrian Blomfield (12 January 2017). "Rwanda's new king is former Pepsi salesman residing in Cheshire". the Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 April 2017.