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  • proper n. The Rain Queen, or hereditary queen of the Lobedu people of the Limpopo province of South Africa, held to have various special powers including the ability to make it rain.


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The personal name of the first queen of the Lobedu, a Northern Sotho woman of the early 19th century, adopted as a hereditary name; perhaps from Northern Sotho (Lobedu) mo- ("singular prefix") + tšatši ("day, sun").


  • Along the way, just outside of Modjadji home of the rain queen, we stopped at Sunland Nursery and saw the Sunland Baobab.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Modjadji is a small publisher that publishes writing from women in Southern Africa.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Similarly, our movement pays tribute to the traditional leaders who passed away last year, including Queen Modjadji, King Mayitja III, and King Xolilizwe Sigcau, as well as former Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris, and reiterate our condolences to their communities.

    Speech of at the Rally to mark the 94th Anniversary of the African National Congress and Launch the Anc Local Government Election Manifesto

  • Modjadji was chosen to succeed her grandmother, Mokope, who died in 2001 at the age of 64.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Modjadji, who was crowned in 2003 at the age of 25, was the sixth and youngest queen in the history of the tribe and the only one to be formally educated.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Modjadji, the sixth in a line of Balobedu rain queens, was crowned in 2003 at the age of 25 after the death of her predecessor and grandmother, Mokope Modjadji.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Modjadji and once gave the queen a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a sedan - donated by Nissan and Toyota - to help her reach her home up a steep and winding road in the remote Northern Province.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The Modjadji dynasty remains the only royal house in Africa where Queen, "with some supernatural powers capable of making rain", reigns supreme, and stands out as yet another distinguishing feature of Limpopo.


  • The school was built to a cost of some R15-million following a promise Mandela had made to the late Queen Modjadji of the Balobedu tribe.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Mandela also announced that the next queen of the Modjadji royal kraal would be able to study overseas after her enthronement.

    ANC Daily News Briefing


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