Y'all _have_ heard of the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879, haven't you? Rorke's Drift and all that? 11 Victoria Crosses ring a bell? Hollyweird made a movie of it, didn't screw it up too badly, was the first movie Michael Caine was in. At the end they paid Richard Burton to reel off the names of the 11 VC winners while 'Men of Harlech' ran in the background. After Rorke's Drift and the massive defeat of Ulundi, the Zulus were in the British Empire whether they wanted to be or not. (They didn't.) They got the Latin alphabet same way pretty much everyone else in Africa got it: at cannonpoint.