30/52 South Africa – Peter Lobengula

Autograph ABP

Peter Lobengula to the UK from South Africa as part of Frank Fillis’ circus in 1889. Many centuries before Beyonce’s Lion King album this was considered the largest ever showing of “African culture”, and it was large with 16,000 visitors a day When the show opened, Peter said: ‘My first thought was that the whole world was white men, and that they had all come to England to meet me!’

This episode included audio from Salford TV:

For further research read Our Migration Story, Peter Shepard’s Kitty and the Prince and follow the work of Dr Sadiah Qureshi.

British Subjects is produced by Anna Rose Kerr.