Emmanuel Bushayija (born 20 December 1960) is the claimant to the historical Kingdom of Rwanda, which was abolished in 1961. He was proclaimed the ceremonial successor to the royal title (Mwami) on 9 January 2017 under the reign name Yuhi VI.[2] He succeeded his late uncle King Kigeli V and is a grandson of King Yuhi V.[3]

Emmanuel Bushayija
Bushayija in 2017.
King of Rwanda
Reign9 January 2017 – present
(proclaimed by the Royal Council of Abiru, titular king-in-exile)
PredecessorKigeli V
BornEmmanuel Bushayija
(1960-12-20) 20 December 1960 (age 63)
Ruanda-Urundi
SpouseLilian[1]
IssueTwo sons and a daughter[1]
FatherPrince William Bushayija

Biography

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He grew up in exile in Uganda, where he studied at Iganga Secondary School and worked for Pepsi Cola in Kampala.

He also lived in Kenya, working in the tourism industry, before returning to Rwanda in July 1994 before moving to the United Kingdom six years later.

The accession of Yuhi VI was made by proclamation of the Royal Council of Abiru, who are a group of elders and privy to the king's wishes as advisors. According to custom, the Council of Abiru announces the king’s selection of successor from among his family members.[4] Bushayija, his nephew, was named as his successor. The announcement was made by Boniface Benzinge, chairman of the Abiru council.[5]

He is a naturalised British citizen and lives currently in Sale, near Manchester in northwest England.[2] His wife, Lilian, is a local mental health support worker.

Honours

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Rwandan Dynastic

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  •   Grand Master of the Royal Order of the Drum.[6]
  •   Grand Master of the Royal Order of the Crown.
  •   Grand Master of the Royal Order of the Crested Crane.
  •   Grand Master of the Royal Order of the Lion (Intare).

Other Dynastic

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Ancestry

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References

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  1. ^ a b "Royal Central". December 3, 2017. Archived from the original on December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Frances Perraudin (January 12, 2017). "Rwanda's new king named – a father of two living on an estate near Manchester". The Guardian. Archived from the original on June 24, 2021. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Announcement of New Head of the Royal House Archived August 21, 2022, at the Wayback Machine, 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ p.50. Adekunle, Julius O. 2007. Culture and customs of Rwanda. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.
  5. ^ Adrian Blomfield (January 12, 2017). "Rwanda's new king is former Pepsi salesman residing in Cheshire". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Times". Archived from the original on December 10, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Kaholokula, Lei (June 11, 2018). "Hawaii honors the warrior king that unified the Hawaiian islands". KITV 4 Island News. Archived from the original on August 7, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Portugal embraces Hawaii's royal house". pressreleasejet.com. Archived from the original on August 7, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Order of the Pearl". ROYAL SULTANATE OF SULU AND NORTH BORNEO. Archived from the original on October 10, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  10. ^ "Genealogy". Archived from the original on November 28, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
Emmanuel Bushayija
House of Ndahinduraa
Born: 20 December 1960
Titles in pretence
Preceded by — TITULAR —
King of Rwanda
9 January 2017 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy dismantled in 1962, coup d'etat
Succeeded by
Incumbent