Real Name: Ngala
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The man who would become Afrikaa was born to Bobulu Ngala, the dictator of Mohannda, who initiated a relentless modernization program aimed to unseat Wakanda, the pre-eminent modern African state. As a young boy he knew only love and comfort. He was sent abroad to see the world and learn its ways; his father planned that he would succeed him in driving Mohannda into the next century. However, before the boy's twenty-first birthday, Bobulu was assassinated by Colonel Malcom Ksweyzu, one of his own soldiers.
Bobulu's son rushed home, but was too late to save his father and had only time to flee into the jungle.
Despite Ksweyzu's goals of ending his people's suffering under Bobulu, the dictator's assassination plunged the nation into civil war. Kseyzu sought to end the war and take control via his group, the Higher Path, but was opposed by a rival faction known as the People's Hope.
The young man burned with the desire to heal his nation of the bloodshed that spread across it. One of his father's aides, Hani, trained the youth in the ways of combat, then brought him into a subterranean cavern containing the Heart of Afrikaa, lava bumbling up from deep within the earth. Risking death, the youth grasped a staff that emerged from the pool, transforming him into Afrikaa.
The civil war was escalated by Jonathon Cardinal, head of Cardinal Technologies, who supplied arms and munitions to both sides of the conflict, selling the prototype to one group, then using that money to further develop the weapon and sell it to their rivals. Ksweyzu sought peace and had contacted Major Zutu of the People's Hope in order to open peace talkers. Ksweyzu recognized Cardinal's motives and refused to deal with them, and he also correctly realized that Cardinal would try to eliminate him. Ksweyzu hired the foreign mercenary Black Axe to protect him.
In his new form, Afrikaa actively fought to end the conflict. He correctly began to suspect that a third party was involved in perpetuating the civil war.
In Mohannda's capital, Afrikaa sought to learn who was perpetuating the war. He encountered Black Axe, who stunned him with an energy blast, only to see Afrikaa's opponents fire on their seemingly helpless foe.
Afrikaa used his staff to deflect the bullets, after which he teleported away.
Suspecting that Ksweyzu knew who was perpetuating the war and wishing to discuss means towards peace, Afrikaa sought him out in his base, only to see him killed by the armored Cardinal Guard, who then shot Afrikaa as well. Black Axe arrived to find three of the Guard standing over the fallen Afrikaa.
Meanwhile, Cardinal had his Guard capture the Black Panther after he had refused to deal with Cardinal Technologies.
Black Axe fought off the Cardinal Guard and escaped with Afrikaa into the jungle, they were found by Hani and her agents who led them into the Heart of Afrikaa, which healed Afrikaa.
Meanwhile, the Black Panther broke free from Cardinal, but was seemingly killed. Cardinal informed Zutu of the People's Hope that Afrikaa had slain Ksweyzu and the Black Panther, drawing Wakanda into the conflict and framing the Higher Path. As a result, Zutu purchased more weapons from Cardinal.
The Black Panther survived a seeming fall to the death and was found by Afrikaa, who brought him to the Heart of Afrikaa to heal him. Three days later, Afrikaa joined Black Axe and the Black Panther in opposing the Cardinal Guard and confronting Zutu with information on Cardinal's motives and actions. Cardinal himself escaped, but his actions were recognized and the escalating war began to cool. Afrikaa was long gone by that point, returning to the Heart of Afrikaa to contemplate.
First Appearance: Black Axe (1993) #5
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Black Axe (1993)
#5 Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
- 'Africaa Aflame'#6
- 'Africaa at Bay'#7
- 'Afrikaa at War!'
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