BLACK WOMEN

BLACK WOMEN

Who is a black women?

In 1500 BC I was Queen Hatshepsut, Ruler of the Greatest civilisation ever,

In 960 BC I was Queen Sheba of Ethiopia, King Solomon was writing about me in the Bible (1 Kings 10) The wisest man was dazzled by my beauty,

In 300 BC I was Candace, An Empress of the Great African Empire Called Kush,

In 60 BC, I was Cleopatra, the African Queen who ruled the Roman Empire,

In 700 AD, I was Dahia-Al Kahina of North Africa, Driving away Arabs, as they tried to colonise us,

In the 16th Century I was Queen Amina of Nigeria, A warrior Queen like Shaka Zulu, I conquered nations as Queen,

In the 17th Century I was Queen Nzhinga of Angola, I waged war against slave trading Europeans,

In the 18th Century I was Mbuya Nehanda of Zimbabwe, call me Chimurenga, I fought the european imperialists.

Black Women?

Who I’m I in the 21st century?

Today I spend half my day on Big Brother Africa and reality T.V,

Today I disrespect myself as I dance Naked on MTV and Channel O,

Today I spend Thousands on weaves,

Today I gossip a lot, jealous of my sister,

Today I paint my face with make-up forgetting I’m Beautiful without it,

Today I watch all soaps on T.V.

As a Male,

If I could travel back to the 1700, I would tell them I don’t treat women fair, reading by herself in the Bible believing she is the reason sin is here, you played her.

If I could speak to my Grandfather, I would ask why he lies to her, telling her she can’t be the only one, the one and only.

I must burn all Cosmetics companies for her natural hair and dark skin are gorgeous!

 Women,

You are Leaders,

You are Queens,

No man reaches Greatness without your presence,

You have unconditional Love,

You are Warriors,

You are Strong,

You are Brave,

You are Powerful and Glorious Beings,

Black Women, Africa needs you to Mother the Revolution against neo-colonism,

For Black Mothers are Beautiful Black Anchors!

Like misss Yaa Asantewa, Lead the Revolution.

Black Women in You we trust!

Know Yourself!

 Let me remind You of your C.V

Pharoah of Old kemet,

Made the wisest man on Earth move to Ethiopia,

Empress of Empire Kush,

Ruled the Roman Empire,

Queen Manthatisi never lost a battle,

In the 21st century I defeated Neo-Colonism and free Africa!

Black Women in you we trust!

Happy Women’s century!

VHUHWAVHO

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THE MINO: AN ALL-FEMALE ARMY

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The blood flows,

 

You are dead,

 

The blood flows,

 

We have won,

 

The blood flows,

 

The enemy is no more.

 

This is the victory song of the Mino an all-female Army of the Dahomey Kingdom now known as Benin. From the 18th to the early 20th century, they were a brave and terrifying all-female militia they protected and expanded the Dahomey Kingdom.

 

The word Mino means mother in Fon, They were the mothers of the Kingdom.

 

In the late 1600’s King King Wegbaja choose a group of women to become elephant hunters, then in the 18th century his son and successor King Ajaga found himself impressed by their skill and strength decided to make them palace guards. Initially as guards it was a group of 800 women, it soon grew to 4000 female soldiers, so their responsibility grew from just guarding the king to Guarding a Kingdom and growing the kingdom, in other words mothering the Kingdom. In the 1850’s under King Gezo the army consisted of 6000 soldiers.

 

The female soldiers usually included those who were fleeing from marriage or those seeking glory on the battle field, disobedient and impetuous daughters or if they show fighting talent.

 

The Mino’s trained vigorously in completion with other male troops but their determination to become the strongest saw them show traits of stamina and courage far greater than their male counterparts. Famously in their training they would scale a wall covered in thorn hedges without showing any pain. Again African women proved to the world that women are as capable as man and are true warriors. Queen Manthatisi, Queen Nzhinga. They show an outstanding amount of courage and determination.

 

Let not the myth be believed that women cannot fight and defeat an oppressor, They are very much capable.

 

The Fon’s Women army had three main wings, the left and right wings and the elite centre wing or Fanti. Each of these wings had five sub groups: The elephant huntress, the musket bearing frontline group, the razor women, the Artillery women, and the archers. But the Mino’s biggest strength was their teamwork and unity. These brave Great women never met just to gossip, they never met just to laugh at a sister’s misfortunes, they supported and had each others backs at all times. They certainly never fought amongst each other for a man.

 

Women, let no man divide you, let not jealousy cause divisions amongst you, Your struggles today are similar, let those struggles unite you, for women united are the greatest army in the world.

 

The Mino’s conquered the Kingdom of Savi in 1727, later that same year they conquered the Whydah people, they crushed Allada. They conqured the great Oyo empire. In one of the battles when they captured Egbado town of Okeadon, they snuck over the walls during the night, unlocked the gate from inside, the sisters flooded into the city with a wave of murderous fury.

 

The 20th century was the scramble for Africa and the Mino found themselves in this scramble, The female spirit in them knew that, whether the French had Morden weaponry or not they would either “Conquer or Die” which was their motto. They were not going to give up their land without a fight. When one of the Chiefs in of the Dahomey Kingdom was bought by the colonial Imperialists the same way they bought Jacob Zuma and Ian Khama, but the General of the Mino’s saw through the lies of the coward and ordered for his head, one Mino then decapitated his head, wrapped in the flag back to the Dahomey King of that time, King Behazin.

 

The Dahomey-Franco war, which in 1890, resulted in two major battles, one which took place in heavy rain at dawn outside Contonou in Benin. Behazin’s Army, which included female units, assaulted a French stockade but was driven back in hand-to-hand fighting. Nanisca, one of the Mino’s decapitated the French chief gunner and only the sheer firepower of their modern riffles won the day for the French.

 

The second war was a seven week war which was fought even more fiercely than the first, there were 23 separate battles, and once again female troops were in the vanguard of Behanzin’s forces. The women were the last to surrender. The survivors took their revenge on the French by covertly substituting themselves for Dahomey women who were taken into the enemy stockade, each allowed themselves to be seduced by French officer, waited for him to fall asleep and then cut his throat with his own burgonet.

 

Warrior Nawi was the last of the Great Mino’s to die and was well over the age of 100 in 1979.

 

Women, Africa faces neo-colonism, you cannot just sit on your couch and watch reality T.V, You cannot just sit and start gossip wars when our continent, our people are getting raped each day by imperialists. Together in 1956 you ensured that amendments to the pass laws were not adopted, together as an army you conquered states, Today together you will defeat Neo-colonism. You are mothers or you will be mothers one day and your children must want own land, must be free, own Africa, the land of their ancestors, their home, own mines and benefit from resources of their land, you do not want them to be slaves. Women get up and fight for your power is immense, Your wisdom and intellect can truly liberate the Continent and Race.

 

Their last enemies were full of praise for their courage. A French Foreign Legionnaire named Bern lauded them as “warrioresses… [Who] fight with extreme valor, always ahead of the other troops. They are outstandingly brave … well trained for combat and very disciplined.” A French Marine, Henri Morienval, thought them “remarkable for their courage and their ferocity… [they] flung themselves on our bayonets with prodigious bravery.”

 

“Conquer or Die”

 

In the same way the Dahomey people had trust in the Mino’s, is the same way African women in you we trust!

 

Happy Women’s Century!

 

 

 

   VHUHWAVHO  

 

 

Amina, Tar Bakwa ta san rana, “meaning” Amina daughter of Nikatau, a woman as capable as a man.”QUEEN AMINA!”

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It was between the 15th and 16th century, some say it was in 1530 in Zazzua a city state in the Great Hausa Bwakwai state or the Hausa Kingdom was born a fierce warrior princess, her name was Amina, daughter of King Turunku. Marka her grandmother once caught her holding a dagger, what shocked Martha about the incident was that Amina held it exactly as a warrior would.

We cannot talk about Queen Amina without going back to her Mother and Mentor, Queen Bakwa Turunku who took over full power as Queen after the death of her husband King Turunku, her reign as leader was particularly known for its peace and prosperity. When Amina was 16, Queen Bakwa made Amina the Magajiwa, ‘Maanda awe a fana na a Khadzi nga Tshivenda.’ (In the Tshivenda tradition the Magajiwa is equiverlant to A Khadzi), an adviser to the Throne. Queen Bakwa died around 1566 passing over the reign to her younger brother Karama. Amina was about 36 when her mother died. During Karama’s 10 year rule, Amma became the leading warrior of the Zazzua cavalry, or the Zazzua army, some would say like Shaka Zulu she was the ultimate warrior. Her military achievements brought her great wealth and power.

Ten years from her mother’s death, she then became Queen of Zazzua which is today known as Zaria, a city in Kaduna State in Northern Nigeria.

Her reign took Zazzua to its largest in size in its history, Amina concurred as far as Nupe and Kwarata, after her reign Zazzua, it was at its largest, making her one of the Greatest leaders to ever come from the Hausa Kingdom. In empires such as Benin, Mali (Timbuktu) Ashanti Kingdom (Ghana) and the Hausa Bwakwai states (Notheren Nigeria) the women’s power was based on her important economic role, a skill Amina was able to bring when she was in power, combined with her military skills, was able to increase trade between the Hausa Bwakwai states and  also trades of these states with other African countries. Zazzua became the centre of the north-south Saharan trade and the East-west Sudan trade.

Perhaps Amina could have given Hitler advice on how to protect the states he has concurred. Amina is famously known as for the Ganuwar Amina or the Amino walls in which she build everywhere she concurred, these were defensive walls in each of the concurred states, within those walls she grew very prosperous town, many of which are still in existence today.

Amina’s reign was also responsible for the mass cultivation of the Kola nut in Zazzua. The Kola nut is the fruit of the Kola tree a genus of the Cola trees native to the tropical rainforests of Africa. The Caffeine-containing fruit of the tree is sometime used as a flavouring ingredient in beverages, and is the origin of the term cola. This makes me wonder, why is Coca-cola more expensive in Africa than America, I mean without Africa there is no Coca-cola.

Maybe no man was able to tame her that’s why she never got married and never had children. Queen, Amina after concurring a city used to choose a concubine from that nation then have sex with him and end his life the following morning preventing him from ever speaking about his sexual encounter with the Queen.

African women were already Queens and warriors while their Indo-European contemporaries were still subordinated and subjugated under Patriarchy family. Here are powerful ancient women. In Ethiopia there was Queen Sheba, Queen Candace, who fought the invading army of Augustus Caesar. In Egypt there was Queen Hatshepsut the first Queen in the History of humanity, Cleopatra the Queen of Kings. Even the huge and powerful empires of Ghana in the third Centaury A.D Matriarchal values were the norm. it was the same in the Mali Empire.

It pains me that the African women of today have supressed the gene of Greatness in them because they spend all day watching Big brother Africa and spend precious time destroying their minds by watching reality TV and Soaps, then spend thousands and thousands on weave and stupid magazines which trick them into s unnecessary spending instead of building Great Legacies like Queen Amina. Every African man knows nobody knows how to handle financial affairs like an African women who will help us if money is wasted on weaves and unnecessary goods our women are tricked on spending in these magazines and T.V shows.

African women, Take your place, in you lies the resilience of Assata Shakur and Rosa Parks, the bravery of Yaa Asantewaa and Queen Candace, the eye for beauty such as Queen Hatshepsut and Margaret Ekpo, Leadership skills of Queen Nzinga and Queen Sheba. Rise African women and take your positions in this great Race and Continent.

“A Queens job aint done till she becomes a Goddess.”

I choose to believe that black women, women of Africa can unite and fight against injustices like the 20 000 women who staged a march to the union building in Tshwane, August 9 1956 to protest against the proposed amendments to the urban Areas of 1950. I chose to believe that African women will build legacies greater than those of Margaret Ekpo, Queen Nzinga, Cleopatra and Queen Amina.

Legend say Queen Amina had a warrior death as she died during a military campaign at Atagara near Binda in Nigeria. A statue in her honor at the National Arts Theatre in Lagos, and multiple education institutions bear her name. A TRUE LEGEND!

‘Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo’ (You strike a women you strike a rock)

African women, in you we trust!