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African women have always played a significant role in the history of our continent. In today’s video, we will be looking at ten African Queens you need to know about.

 

  1. Amina the Queen of Zaria-Nigeria

Amina was a Hausa warrior queen in what is now the north-west region of Nigeria. After the death of her brother Karama in 1576, Amina ascended to the position of queen. Amina enjoyed a lasting reputation, bordering on legend, as a woman warrior. 



  1. Jumbe Souli – Comoros Island

Jumbe Souli was the queen of the Moheli people, an autonomous island that is part of Comoros. Little is known about this queen except the fact that she took over the reign after the death of her father King Ramanateka, a Malagasy prince who had run away from

 

8.Kandake – the empress of Ethiopia

Kandake Amanirenas was a queen of the ancient African Kingdom of Kush who was best known for skillfully defending her kingdom against the armies of the Roman Empire. During the early stage of the five-year conflict, the queen’s husband, King Teriteqas, perished in battle, leaving the responsibility to prosecute the war on her.

7.Queen Muhumuza – Rwanda

Muhumuza was the wife of Rwandan King Kigeli IV. But after his death in 1895, her son was denied the chance to take over the reign. She rebelled against the government and moved to Uganda. She was however captured by the colonial powers and detained from 1908 until her death in 1945.

Muhumuza was known for many things including resisting colonial powers and establishing the rights of women in Rwanda.  

6..Queen Moremi – Ile-Ife Kingdom, Nigeria

Moremi Ajasoro, Princess of the Yoruba, was a figure of high significance in the history of the Yoruba peoples of West Africa. Born a princess, she was a courageous queen whose fame contributed to the victory of the Yoruba people over neighboring people. She is said to have been taken as a slave by the Igbo and, due to her beauty and Esimirin’s help, married their ruler as his anointed queen. After familiarizing herself with the secrets of her new husband’s army, she escaped to Ile-Ife and revealed this to the Yorubas, who were then able to subsequently defeat them in battle.

 

5.Yaa Asantewa – Ashanti Kingdom, Ghana

Yaa Asantewaa was the queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire – now part of modern-day Ghana. In 1900 she led the Ashanti war known as the War of the Golden Stool, also known as the Yaa Asantewaa War, against British colonialism.

4.Queen Ranavalona the First of Madagascar

Queen Ranavalona I ruled Madagascar from 1788–1861. She was of Merina descent, which is the island’s largest ethnic group.

During her 33-year reign, she created Madagascar to be an independent state. She remained defiant against European colonialism. In doing so, she maintained the cultural and political sovereignty of her nation.

3.Queen Nandi – Zulu kingdom, South Africa

Nandi, whose name means “a woman of high esteem,” was born into the Langeni tribe in the mid-18th century, in what is now South Africa. She is the mother of the famous Shaka. Nandi Bhebhe was impregnated out of wedlock by Jama’s son, Senzangakhona.  After Nandi gave birth to her son, Shaka, she initially spent some time at Senzangakhona’s kraal before her relationship with Senzangakhona deteriorated, forcing her to leave the kraal. Nandi returned to her people, the Mhlongo of Elangeni, leaving Shaka behind.

2.Nefertiti – Queen of Ancient Kemet, Egypt

One of the most mysterious and powerful women in ancient Egypt, Nefertiti was queen alongside Pharaoh Akhenaten from 1353 to 1336 B.C. and may have ruled the New Kingdom outright after her husband’s death. Nefertiti is best known for her painted sandstone bust, which was rediscovered in 1913 and became a global icon of feminine beauty and power.

1.The Queen of Sheba, Ethiopia

The Queen of Sheba is one of the most mentioned queens in time, even being mentioned in the Bible.  Her story starts when she traveled with camels bearing spices, gold, and precious stones to King Solomon to ask him hard questions which he answered to her satisfaction.  The “queen of the South” is claimed to be the queen of Ethiopia.