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!