Meaning: 'Great/ Powerful' in swahili
Age: Depends on use
Personality: Responsible, caring, kind, honest, playful
Likes: The Pride Lands, Tambua
Dislikes: Kanij, Kivuli
Jelani was born in the group of rogues. Due to his big body structure and bulky appearance, he was named Jelani. He was the strongest and biggest of the other cubs, and was a bit of bully towards the other cubs. Though, he was very friendly and bullied them rarely and that's why the other cubs were his friends. As he grew, he became kinder. Though, when he was a teen ager, their group was attacked by humans and only a few of them survived, Jelani being one of them. He lost his parents but luckily, his friends were safe.
Their leader, Zuberi, decided to settle in a place instead of travelling as rogues. They arrived at a land and named it the 'Pride Lands'. Zuberi made himself the first ever king of the Pride Lands. Though, the hyenas living at the Pride Lands created a lot of problems and this made it hard for Zuberi to control everything. He then decided to form a guard called 'The Lion Guard'. Zuberi's brother Askari who was a very good friend of Jelani, was made the fiercest of the guard and being a big and strong lion, Jelani was made the strongest. Jelani's other friends were given other different roles in the guard. Jelani and his friends kept the hyena clan in control and defended other dangers.
Jelani was really devoted to his jobs and remained too busy to have any time for anyone else, or to star a family. Though, unfortunately, his duties came to an end when Askari fell ill of a fatal disease and passed away. Jelani was heart broken but a lioness called 'Tambua' helped him recover. Jelani and his friends were free of busy duties for a short time and during this time, Jelani and Tambua became a couple. Later, Jelani and his friends were made border guards and he became a father to a female cub, whom he named 'Kulisha', shortly after Zuberi's son Mohatu became the king.
- Lineart (c) Me
Relation to TLK: Great grandfather of Tojo, was friends with Askari (the first ever lion guard mentioned in a TLG episode), was the strongest of the first ever lion guard of the Pride Lands