Our story didn't begin in 1619 being kidnapped and sold in a foreign land. It didn't begin with dehumanization, racial stereotypes, lynchings and the like. Our history didn't start there. Check out these 7 African Warrior Queens who set a standard strength and courage for the culture! Don't forget to sign up for The Jones Girl World mailing list here! Enjoy!
Makeda, Queen of Sheba, Ethiopia:
Makeda was known to be a queen of incredible strength, after surviving a battle with the serpent king Awre.
Legend says that just after 1000 BCE, the northern Ethiopian city of Axum (Aksum) was troubled by Awre, a monstrous serpent king and once a year, he demanded that the people of Axum offer up a maiden for him to eat. One day, it was the turn of a brave and lovely young girl named Makeda to be sacrificed. Makeda slew the serpent and was proclaimed Queen of Axum. She is also known as The Queen of Sheba.
Amina the Queen of Zaria Nigeria
Amina Mohamud was a Hausa warrior queen of the city-state Zazzau, presently in the North-West region of Nigeria. Her leadership skills were discovered early by her grandfather who allowed her to attend state meetings.
Historians described her as one of the real rulers born in the mid-sixteenth century.
Queen Nandi - Zulu kingdom, South Africa
Queen Nandi was resilient as a mother and the hope against social pressures. She was the mother of Shaka Zulu, one of the Zulu kingdom’s greatest kings. According to historians, during the reign of her son, she had significant influence over the affairs of the kingdom.
Yaa Asantewa - Ashanti Kingdom, Ghana
Asantewa 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 theYaa Asantewaa war, against British colonials.
Kandake - the empress of Ethiopia
Kandake or Candace was regarded as one of the most dreaded war generals of her time. Historians said she was known to be a fierce, tactical and uniting military leader.
Nefertiti - Queen of Ancient Kemet, Egypt
Nefertiti was an Egyptian Queen and the Great Royal Wife (chief consort) ofAkhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. With her husband, she reigned during what was arguably the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history.
Queen Moremi – Ile-Ife Kingdom, Nigeria
Queen Moremi was a courageous queen who is fabled to have contributed to the deliverance of the Yoruba tribe from oppression.