Real Name: Vincent Cetewayo

Identity/Class: Human;
   citizen of Imaya

Occupation: Statesman, author, lecturer; former prisoner

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Rebecca Bergier, Cable (Nathan Summers), Deathlok (Michael Collins), Nick Fury, Ranald Jaffries, Rae LaCoste, President Letumba, War Machine (James Rhodes)

Enemies: Advisor, Eda Atul

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile; formerly Imaya

First Appearance: War Machine I#1 (April, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Vincent Cetewayo is a talented statesman with connections to countries and political organizations all over the world, and he has used his influence to negotiate peace treaties, ensure political movements, and apply political pressure. Cetewayo is a published author, and has access to wealth and funds through his various connections and organizations.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 190 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

(War Machine I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Vincent Cetewayo grew up in the war-torn African nation of Imaya, under the rule of President Letumba. Cetewayo ended up in jail for a time, imprisoned by President Letumba.

(War Machine I#2 (fb) - BTS) - In prison, Cetewayo was tended to by guard Eda Arul.

(War Machine I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Cetewayo eventually fled to America, where he spoke against the tyranny of the rule in his home country, becoming known worldwide as a human rights activist. He learned that Eda Arul had killed Letumba and become the new president. Cetewayo became famous for negotiating the South Anian Peace Treaty, for airlifting food to Ethiopia (self-finannced), for talking a terrorist with a tactical nuke in Belfast down, and for stopping Nick Fury from smoking during a United Nations council meeting. Cetewayo published a book called "A Destiny to Create."

(War Machine I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Cetewayo gave a series of lectures at colleges around the world, including in Berkeley, California, where Michael Collins heard him.

(War Machine I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Cetewayo formed Worldwatch Incorporated, involving Rebecca Bergier and Ranald Jeffries in setting up the executive board, and they made plans to change the world with their combined resources, wanting to work with existing relief agencies to maximize effectiveness as well as employing political and diplomatic efforts as needed to make change. He had designs on Jim Rhodes becoming their executive director. Cetewayo invited his colleague Rae LaCoste to invite James Rhodes to a business meeting.

(War Machine I#1) - LaCoste brought Rhodes to the meeting, where Cetewayo made his pitch, but Rhodes was reluctant, though he did take a copy of Cetewayo's book with him when he left.

(War Machine I#1 - BTS) - Cetewayo went on a mission for the United Nations to a Middle Eastern country, where he worked on forming treaties.

(War Machine I#1) - On his personal plane headed back to America, Cetewayo was taken captive by those on board and forced to go to Imaya, where he was placed under arrest for "subversion and crimes committed against the people of Imaya."

(War Machine I#2) - Weeks later, Arul entered Cetewayo's cell and beat him, promising to soon have him tortured. Cetewayo also saw a guard who claimed to recognize him from cities around the world. Cable knocked out a guard to rescue Cetewayo.

(War Machine I#3 (fb) ) - Cetewayo was taken to a rebel camp for safety, then Cable departed, warning Cetewayo that his decisions would set off chaos for the planet in the future.

(War Machine I#3) - War Machine and Deathlok (Michael Collins) arrived in the camp and claimed to be friends of Jim Rhodes. Arul's military forces moved in and War Machine and Deathlok fought them to protect Cetewayo and the rebels. The Advisor, who worked for Cimbuko (the political rival of Arul) drew a gun on Cetewayo and revealed that he'd been manipulating War Machine in an attempt at getting Arul out of leadership and taking over.

(War Machine I#4) - The Advisor informed Cetewayo that Arul had been killed and Cimbuko was now the new president. After telling Cetewayo that he respected his ideals, Advisor assassinated Cetewayo, ignoring the man's pleas for his own life. War Machine found Cetewayo's corpse and promised to make sure his legacy lived on.

(War Machine I#5 - BTS) - Rhodes joined Worldwatch, determined to do good work in Cetewayo's name.

Comments: Created by Scott Benson, Len Kaminski, Gabriel Gecko, and Pam Eklund.

Vincent Cetewayo seems based partially on Nelson Mandela.

This profile was completed 03/30/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.

Profile by Chadman.

Vincent Cetewayo has no known connections to:

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War Machine I#1, p12, pan1 (main)
War Machine I#1, p11, pan1 (face)
War Machine I#1, p13, pan5 (book)

War Machine I#1-5 (April-August, 1994) - Scott Benson, Len Kaminski (writers), Gabriel Gecko (penciler), Pam Eklund (inker), Nelson Yomto (editor)

First Posted: 09/28/2021
Last updated: 09/27/2021

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