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Queen Nandi - Shaka Zulu Mother


This print pays homage to the Zulu Queen Nandi Ndlorukazi Nandi kaBebe eLangeni (meaning The Sweet One) was born ca. 1760, in Langeni.

Nandi birthed Shaka Zulu. Not only was Nandi a mother out of wedlock but she was also in a forbidden inter-clan marriage.


She was constantly bullied by her husbands other wives and their children. Eventually, Nandi gathered Shaka and fled the Zulu tribe.


The Mthethwa clan embraced Nandi and Shaka. The clan leader, Diniswago, took young Shaka under his tutelage, teaching him how to lead and fight. They remained with the Mthethwa clan until Shaka made his way back to the Zulu people.


When Shaka returned to the Zulu tribe, he claimed the throne. He was now king of the people who tormented his mother. Shaka not only appointed Nandi as Queen of the Zulu people but also as his advisor. Shaka began to worship his mother, placing her on the same level as a god-like figure.


Queen Nandi advised her son until the day she died, October 10, 1827. Even in death, she had great power of the Zulu tribe. As Shaka mourned the loss of his mother, he ordered that any family who had a child within a year of Queen Nandi’s death would be executed. Nandi went from a mistreated lowly third wife to Queen of the Zulu people.


A1 (XL) - 841 x 594 mm / 33.1 x 23.4 in

A2 (L) - 594 x 420 mm / 23.4 x 16.5 in

A3 (M) - 420 x 297 mm / 16.5 x 11.7 in

A4 (S) - 297 x 210 mm / 11.7 x 8.3 in

A5 (XS) - 210 x 148 mm / 8.3 x 5.8 in

All my prints are designed and create by myself and are exclusive to Blue Coffee Arts. 

* Please note that frames are not included with the prints, the image is for illustration purposes only*

Best displayed with a frame mount. Colours may slightly vary due to lighting variations in your monitor.

Please contact me if you require any other colour to match your decor. 

All prints will be lovingly packaged.

A4 and A5 prints will be sent in a hard boarded envelope and the A3 A2 & A1 prints will be sent in a postal tube. 

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Modern Queen Nandi - Mother of Shaka Zulu Digital collage

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