List of kings of Rwanda

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Mwami of Rwanda
Royal Rwanda Coat.jpg
Royal Coat of arms
Style His Majesty the Mwami
First monarch Gihanga

Unknown (ancient times)

Residence Nyanza, Rwanda
Appointer Boniface Benzige (Chief Umwiru of Abiru tradionalists)

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.


Abami b'imishumi (descendants of Ibimanuka gods) – B.C.E
1st Abami Bibitekerezo (1st Common Era Kings)
2nd Abami Bibitekerezo (2nd Common Era Kings)

On 28 January 1961 Rwanda became a republic, during the Hutu uprising. Afterward, Kigeli V Ndahindurwa continued to maintain his claim to the throne until his death on 16 October 2016 in Washington, DC. On 9 January 2017, the Royal council of Abiru (Secret keepers, Knowledge Keepers, Advisers) announced Prince Emmanuel Bushayija as the new heir to the throne. Prince Emmanuel adopted the regnal name Yuhi VI.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Leon Delmas