Shamba Bolongongo was one of the best-known African Kings of Bakuba. Bakuba is still in modern day Africa. He was the 93rd king of Bakuba and Central Africa.Shamba Bolongongo was a peaceful sovereign (ruler/monarch), because his main objective was making sure that peace was kept throughout his kingdom. It was said that his reign was "The Golden Age" of the Bushongo people of the Southern Congo.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO BAKUBA One of the things Shamba Bolongongo did was that he went out to use all the things he had been taught while he traveled. He helped the farmers of Bakuba by bringing three plants that came from the Americas: maize, cassava, and tobacco.The farmers took those crops to Europe and also Africa in the 16th century in return. Shamba also brought in some iron tools and better farming techniques, making it possible for the farmers of Bakuba to double their making and to make their diet better.
RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS CITIZENS King Bolongongo made sure and worked to make all his people feel as important and respected as he, not just people without "power". So he made his people feel important by entitling them special names and giving them different responsibilities to most of his people. His kingdom also consisted of bantu. He titles judges,officers,treasurers, bodygaurds and more. They all played a role in the rituals that imprinted the political life of the kingdom. Bright and colorful parades were then celebrated the harvests and when the new or rare merchendise arrived at the market.
SHAMBA'S LEGACY Now when King Shamba Bolongongo passed, his aunt's son succeeded him. He and his relative were not really close nor friendly to eachother. Unlike Shamba, the son was a warrior who led the Bakuba and their army into various wars against their neighbors. Shamba was the most popular of the Bakuba kings. Under his rule, it was peaceful and rich. It is said that almost everything the Bakuba posess or do have originated or introduced by Shamba Bolongongo.