4 African Kings Who Ruled India That Have Been Erased From History

Malik Ambar (1550 – ?)

4 African Kings Who Ruled India That Have Been Erased From History

One of the most famous among the Indo-Africans was the celebrated Malik Ambar (1550-1626). Malik Ambar, whose original name was Shambu was born around 1550 in Harar, Ethiopia. After his arrival in India, he was able to raise a formidable army and achieve great power in the west Indian realm of Ahmadnagar.

Ambar was a brilliant diplomat, tactician, and administrator. In 1590, Ambar broke away from Bijapur and built an independent mercenary army of over 1500 African, Arab and local Dakani men.

He eventually joined the state of Ahmadnagar and later imprisoned King Murtaza II, naming himself regent minister. Ambar promoted minorities of various ethnic groups to key positions and implemented financial, educational and agricultural reforms. Ferista, a contemporary Arab historian, praised Ambar:

“…he appears to have been the most enlightened financier of whom we read in Indian history.”

Ambar also organized a 60,000 horse army and successfully beat back the Moguls for the next 20 years. The Moguls could not conquer Dakan until after his death.

In the 16th century, there were many other powerful Habishi in the political scene of India. Chingiz Khan, the prime minister to Nizam mul-Mulk Bani, King of Ahmadnagar in 1575, was of African origin.

After the king’s death, the king’s son Murtaza I led a successful revolt with several Habshis against his mother’s claim to power. In 1595, during the reign of Murtaza II, the prime minister Abhangar Khan was also a Habashi.

Today, the Habshi communities have been diminished due to widespread intermarriage with other Muslims, but their influence is undeniably imprinted on the faces of the people there today, as well as the local architecture.

The men mentioned above are just a few of the Abysinnian, Habasi, Ethiopian, and Dravidian rulers, leaders, and wise men that shaped today’s India.

Their existence should reinforce the fact that MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE, so that we have the irrefutable proof of what we already knew; that the African man and woman brought the light of civilization to the world.

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Khemi HendrixXx

Title is misleading. Just because your dark skinned doesn’t make you African. If people migrated from Africa, went to India and established a civilization decades to a century later, they’re Indian. It kills me how a dark hued person can be called African no matter how far renoved they are, but no one else is; even though we all are believed to have come into existence in Africa. If Dravidians and Naga were African, so were the Tudors.


African-American after 400 years and 14 (30 yr) generations and many of us are of various hues. It’s about bloodline. You can graft onto the branches but the root remains unchanged. So your point of skin color is moot.

Bradley Reeves

Not to be combative but you’re wrong. Genetically, modern Dravidian Indians bear the closest familial similarity to East Africans. Both cultures began using clarified butter, also known as ghee, before the rest of the world and Sanskrit is thought by many linguists to have had ancient African roots. These are facts, not conjecture.

Bradley Reeves

And being Homo Sapiens, the Tudors had African origins, as do all humans. Humanity is African.

James Anderson

It has been scientifically proven that the Dravidian people of India have the same blood lineage as East Africans. They are closely related to Ethiopians. So YES that proves they are AFRICAN by lineage. Not accepting these facts do not make it any less true.


This was quite an interesting read. Any sources you can share?


What can I say. You have some informative information about “black history” but to leave out The Honorable Elijah Muhamned is “sinful”


This is not a binary system, we cannot call everything we do sinful or not sinful. This is bullshit and narrow brainer idea. Someone has shared his research, you can do it too.

Matsebe Lucas Lekalakala

As a Genealogical Researcher, I am forced to say that i am indeed blown up by the information i have just read on this website. In fact, i have learnt a lot. This is an indication that a lot has to be done in digging up the history of our African people which has been buried more than six feet underground.Therefore, i concur with the call that African History should be re-written.

By Matsebe Lucas Lekalakala
(Genealogical Researcher, Author & Teacher)

Maria Darku

There is time for everything.
Like it or not we will know the history
Well done


Love to know more on your efforts in digging out African history that are not based in sentiments rather through genuine research on the hidden treasures of history,as most of us believe that in Africa civilization started.
But the question is how did it stopped and who and who that stopped it that made the whole continent a dark one as we reseeded backwardly to the great beyond?