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African History

African Queens Who Ruled Parts Of Africa Through History

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African queens have proven to be leaders who Ruled Parts Of Africa with precision, power and have since left an indelible mark on history.

Africa is a region with a long and glorious history, with hundreds of distinct cultures and traditions. From the Egyptians to the Zulus each culture has produced some of the greatest warriors and most powerful leaders including African Queens.

We take a look at some of the most dynamic ancient African queens.

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African Queens: Queen Makeda, Queen of Sheba

Location: The African Queens ruled  Ethiopia Year: 10th Century BCE

Background: Mother of the Solomonic Dynasty of Ethiopia.

 

African Queens: Queen Tiye, Queen of Egypt

Location: The African Queens ruled Egypt Year: 14th Century BCE

Background: Most likely of Nubian ancestry, she is the grandmother of King Tut.

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African Queens: Queen Amina, Queen of Zaria

Location: The African Queens ruled Nothern Nigeria Year: 16th Century

Background: Warrior Queen of the Hausa people.

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Queen Amanishaketo, Queen of Kush

Location: Nubia (Sudan) Year: 10 BCE

Background: Kandake Queen of Kush (Warrior Queen), famous for defeating Emperor Augustus’s Roman Army.

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Queen Nzinga NZINGA, Queen of Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms

Location: The African Queens Angola Year: 17th Century

Background: Fought Portuguese Slave raiders.

 

Queen Gudit

Location: Ethiopia Year: 10th Century

Background: Ethiopian Jewish warrior Queen

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Queen Amanitore, Queen of Kush

Location: Nubia (Sudan) Year: 1 BCE – 20CE

Background: Kandake Queen of Kush, famed for being a great builder and a tolerant Queen.

 

QUEEN NERFITITI, Queen of Egypt

Location: Egypt Year: 14th Century BCE

Background: With her husband, Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. she reigned during what was arguably the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history.

 

QUEEN NANDI

Location: South Africa Year: 18th Century

Background: Mother of Xhaka Zulu, King of the Zulus who united the Zulu Kingdom.

 

QUEEN RANAVALONA III , Kingdom of Madagascar

Location: Madagascar Year: 19th Century

Background: Last monarch of Madagascar, resisted French colonisation.

 

QUEEN MOTHER YAA ASANTEWAA, Asante Empire

Location: Ghana Year: 19th Century

Background: Fought to resist British colonisation

 

QUEEN AMANIRENAS, Queen of Kush

Location: Nubia (Sudan) Year: 1st Century BCE

Background: One of the most famous Kandake Queens of Kush because of her role leading Kushite armies against the Romans in a war that lasted five years.

QUEEN IDIA, Benin Kingdom

Location:  Southern Nigeria Year: 16th Century

Background: described as a great warrior who fought relentlessly before and during her son’s reign as the oba (king) of the Edo people.

 

ALAAFIN OROMPOTO, Alaafin of Oyo

Location: The African Queens ruled Southern Nigeria Year: 16th Century

Background: First Queen of the Yoruba Oyo Empire

 

QUEEN YENNENGA, Dagomaba Kingdom

Location: Ghana, Burkina Faso Year: 12th Century

Background: Legendary warrior who is considered the mother of Mossi Kingdoms and the Mossi people of Burkina Faso.

 

Queen Rani Araweelo

Location: Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia (part), Kenya (part)

Year: First half of the 1st century AC

Background: She fought for preserving African matrilineal system.

 

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