1787 - 1828

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Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c. 1787–22 September 1828), also known as Shaka Zulu (Zulu pronunciation: [ˈʃaːɠa]) and Sigidi kaSenzangakhona, was the king of the Zulu Kingdom from 1816 to 1828. One of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu, he ordered wide-reaching reforms that reorganized the military into a formidable force. King Shaka was born in the lunar month of uNtulikazi (July) in the year 1787, in Mthonjaneni, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shaka has received more than 5,655,512 page views. His biography is available in 91 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 89 in 2019). Shaka is the 1,405th most popular politician (down from 1,069th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 7th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular South African Politician.

Shaka is most famous for being the hand signal for "hang loose" or "peace."

Memorability Metrics

  • 5.7M

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  • 67.94

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 91

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.64

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 6.39

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Shakas by language

Over the past year Shaka has had the most page views in the with 711,523 views, followed by Spanish (62,335), and French (53,884). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are (541.48%), Venetian (122.22%), and Newar (65.57%)


Among politicians, Shaka ranks 1,405 out of 19,576Before him are Yang Guifei, Lü Buwei, Elisa Bonaparte, Jeongjong of Joseon, Romano Prodi, and Peter of Castile. After him are Qin Er Shi, Carloman I, Senusret III, Jungjong of Joseon, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, and Maria Anna of Savoy.

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Among people born in 1787, Shaka ranks 3Before him are Louis Daguerre, and Joseph von Fraunhofer. After him are Vuk Karadžić, François Guizot, Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Rasmus Rask, Guillaume Henri Dufour, Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Franz Xaver Gruber, and Alexander Sergeyevich Menshikov. Among people deceased in 1828, Shaka ranks 3Before him are Franz Schubert, and Francisco Goya. After him are Maria Feodorovna, Victor of Aveyron, Alexander Ypsilantis, Franz Joseph Gall, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Kobayashi Issa, Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl Mack von Leiberich, and Carl Peter Thunberg.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Shaka ranks 9 out of 454Before him are Elon Musk (1971), Miriam Makeba (1932), Sarah Baartman (1788), J. M. Coetzee (1940), F. W. de Klerk (1936), and Nadine Gordimer (1923). After him are Desmond Tutu (1931), Christiaan Barnard (1922), Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), Max Theiler (1899), Charlize Theron (1975), and Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942).

Among POLITICIANS In South Africa

Among politicians born in South Africa, Shaka ranks 2Before him are F. W. de Klerk (1936). After him are Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), Jacob Zuma (1942), Thabo Mbeki (1942), Paul Kruger (1825), P. W. Botha (1916), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), D. F. Malan (1874), Jan Smuts (1870), Abba Eban (1915), and Kgalema Motlanthe (1949).