In the village of Koso, the god Shango birthed three sons, one to each of his two wives at the time, and a third to his favorite prostitute who was working the streets to support her brothers and sisters.
The eldest he named Shakir, the second Dingane, and the illegitimate Mhlangana, for the great Zulu king and his two half brothers.
Though Mhlanga was never legitimized, he had a good heart, and his father made him many gifts. The three brothers joined a soccer team together and spearheaded their team from a high school club and all the way to the Olympics. It was just before taking the gold in the 1980 Summer Olympics that their father revealed to all three of them his, and their, divine nature, and asked them to return what was then called Natal to African rule.
The spent the next 8 years leading the rebellion, Roguish, good hearted Mhlanga organizing an underground network of contacts for his brother, tall and mighty Dingane studying in the America to bring in foreign technology and foreign political support, and Shaka, charismatic, sufficiently intelligent, courageous, and physically a total warrior, bringing hope to the people and rallying them to war. Two years before the peaceful withdrawal of the Afrikaners from South Africa, Shakir had conquered his homeland, been offered by his people a kingly crown, and instead taken the title president for life, demurly reserving the title of king for ethnic leaders.
The already hardened man didn't let that stop him for a moment from styling himself after great king Shaka, even being so arrogant as to drop the name Shakir in favor of Shaka.
While making pretenses of democracy for his western allies, he called for a return to the traditional social structures of Shaka's time, For the Zulu, he reinstituted the practice of serving in the army until age 40, at which point you could retire, marry, and have children with both Zulu women and war brides. Other ethnicities were forbidden military service and comiscerte full citizenship. Bantu were kept working the farms seized from Afrikaners, their lives only marginally improved.
Shaka has 3 wives and 12 war brides, 8 of them Afrikaner, and no children. He let's people worry about them and gossip about his fertility, when in truth he's had all of them sterilized for fear of sons challenging his power. He knows that, as a Scion, he is imortal. His 5 Myrmidons, unusually lusty for ant-warriors, each have 10 war brides and have multiplied to 50, with more maturing.
Rumor slowly spreads of Shaka's godlike power, and of the monsters coming out of the mountains and the ocean that only he can protect them from.
Dingane, as tall and mighty as he is brilliant, is a rare thing for a man in power, for he is content. Content as his brother's advisor, content with his lovely American wife, a Scion of Athena named Lara.
Mhlanga still lives in the countryside with his three wives and children. Fed up with the corruption at last, he moves again, seeking new rebels, this time scions, to replace the brothers he loves too much to kill himself, even if he could.