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.
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.
African Queens: Queen Amina, Queen of Zaria
Location: The African Queens ruled Nothern Nigeria Year: 16th Century
Background: Warrior Queen of the Hausa people.
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.
Queen Nzinga NZINGA, Queen of Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms
Location: The African Queens Angola Year: 17th Century
Background: Fought Portuguese Slave raiders.
Location: Ethiopia Year: 10th Century
Background: Ethiopian Jewish warrior Queen
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.
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.