QUEEN NJINGA: THE AFRICAN WOMAN

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    “Dipped in Chocolate,

    Bronzed with elegance,

    Enamelled with Grace,

    Toasted with Beauty,

    My Lord she is a Black woman!”       Yosef Ben-Jochannan

    The Black woman is desirable and irresistible to the Black male; they are created for each other. That explains why the African man since the beginning of time has worked hard, sacrificed and even built empires for the Black woman. The Black woman is the Black man’s source, beginning, protector, teacher, love and wisdom. When you destroy her, you destroy the Black man.

    The ability of a black woman to firstly look beyond, and think for the generations to come and be willing to sacrifice all, even her life so that the next generation prospers and to top it off, her ability against all odds to conquer!

    Queen Njinga, the life of a Queen, the life of a visionary, the life of Genius, Africa’s greatest daughter. Queen Njinga was born to King Kiluanji and Queen Kangela in 1583 in the Kingdom of Ndongo, Ndongo is the name of an early-modern African state located in what is modern-day Angola. Ndongo was built by the Northern Mbundu people, a Bantu-speaking people inhabiting northern Angola.

    “When the white man appeared in the land, the nation would die.” Mossi Prophesy

    The Portuguese first arrived at the mouth of the Great Congo river in west Africa in 1488, This was just after 1434 where the Portuguese found that the world was not flat, of course the Kemets, Abu Bakari, The Moors, The Mandiga, already knew that since they had already travelled to different continents.

    The Azanian revolution is greater than Nelson Mandela, it was started in 1659 with the khoikhoi-duth war, to the late 1700 in Cape Frontier Wars, to the 1900 Kings such as Makhado and his constant withstanding of the boers, king Cetshwayo and the battle of Isandlwana and many more, to the 1913 wars of resistance and dispossession by the AmaXhosa under Sandile, Makana, Cungwa, Hintsa, Ngqika, Sirhili, Ndlambe and Maqoma, the Basotho with King Moshoshoe, the Bataung under Moletsane, the Batlokwa under Sekonyela passed to revolutionaries such as John Langalibalele Dube, Mxenge, Victoria Nonyamezeloand Mangaliso Sobukwe. At the same time the Europeans boers and the british went about psychological warfare, strong campaign to install in our own minds that we are inferior, one of their ways was destroying our history and defining for us who our heroes should be, they engaged on psychological gimmicks that are now deeply embanded in cultural thought and require no comment, which are the subtle weapons which have been more devastating in conquering the blacks and reducing them to an inferior status than armed might and it is the Knowledge of Great Queens such as Queen Njinga that we can free ourselves from the psychological gimmicks imposed on us by the Arab and European.

    In Angola the revolution can be traced back to the 1600 as soon as Ngola Mbandi   also known as King Alfonso saw through the intentions of the white settlers, what they really wanted to do was to turn a genius race into slaves, when He died after committing suicide, the fight was taken further by Queen Njinga in a way the Portuguese had never seen before, they had come across Africa’s Greatest Daughter.

    Queen Njinga is the greatest Military Tactician in history; her tactics also inspired the Mau Mau in Kenya.

    In 1617 the Portuguese governor of Luanda began an aggressive campaign against the Kingdom of Ndongo, his troops invaded the capital and forced King Ngola Mbandi to flee. In 1619 the new Portuguese commander managed to murder over a hundred Chiefs at that point the Pope intervened. The slaughter be ended and Peace be pursued. The Peace conference was held in Luanda, the black delegation was leaded by the countries ablest and most uncompromising delegate, Queen Njianga, at this point she wasn’t Queen yet but the sister to the King.

    But even before the peace conference began, and at the risk of wrecking it, the governor’s Caucasian arrogance could not be restrained. He had decided on a studied insult at the outset by providing chairs in the Conference room only for himself and his councillors, with the idea of Forcing the black Queen to stand humbly before his noble presence.

    He remained seated, of course, staring haughtily as she entered the room. She took in the situation at a glance with a contemptuous smile, while her followers moved with a swiftness that seemed to suggest that they had anticipated this stupid behaviour by the Portuguese.

    They quickly rolled out the beautifully designed royal carpet they had brought Before Njinga, after which one of them went down on all fours and expertly formed himself into a “royal throne” upon which the Queen sat easily without being a strain on her devoted follower. Yet she rose at regular intervals, knowing that other attendants were vying for the honour of thus giving to those whites their first defeat. Queen Njinga faced the Portuguese governor and spoke as a ruler of the land. And not as a subject of the king of Portugal. She did not recognize the man in the big chair as governor because she did not recognize the existence of Portuguese “colony of Angola.” She only saw before her what her people had seen approaching their shores over a hundred years before –pompous white devils bent on the destruction of the non-white world.

    The Ndonga terms for peace were presented as uncompromising demands and it was clear from the beginning that the Portuguese would have fared better with a male, for before any kind of agreement was signed Portugal had to agree:

    1. To evacuate Kabasa and all nearby fortifications
    2. The Portuguese were to wage war against the Jaga. (The Jaga or Jagas were terms applied by the Portuguese to invading bands of African warriors east and south of the kingdom of Kongo.)
    3. All Chiefs who had become vassals of the Portuguese King were to be freed and enabled to return to former tributary status at home.

    And in exchange Njinga would return the Portuguese prisoners of war; the treaty was signed in 1622.

    The Governor almost immediately went against the treaty and invaded Kongo, Njianga’s brother died the following year in 1623 and Njinga became Queen of Ndongo and her first challenge was keeping the Portuguese savages from enslaving the Mbundu people and her first major move in protecting her people and empire was to send an ultimatum to the Portuguese authorities demanding the immediate execution of the treaty or war be declared.

    Njinga’s greatest act, however, probably the one that makes her one of the Greatest leaders in history, was in 1624 when she declared all territory in Angola over which she had control as free country all slaves reaching it from whatever quarter was forever free. She went further since it was clear to her that white power in Africa rested squarely on the use of black troops against black people, she undertook the first and only carefully organised effort to undermine and destroy the effective employment and use of black soldiers by whites.

    She had carefully selected groups of her own soldiers to infiltrate the Portuguese black armies, first separating and spreading out individually into Portuguese held territories and allowing themselves to be induced by Portuguese recruiting agents to join their forces.

    The quite yet effective work of Queen Njianga’s agents among the black troops of Portugal was one of the most glorious, yet unsung pages in African History. For whole companies rebelled and deserted to the colours of the Black Queen, taking with them much needed guns and ammunition which she had been unable to secure except by swiftly moving surprise attacks on enemy units.

      Her army also started to grow as escaping slaves joined her army and she was able to influence scores of vassal or puppet chiefs to rebel against them and join the course of their own race.

    The Portuguese tried to divide the state by proclaiming Njinga was not rightfully Queen and one of their vassal chiefs, Aidi Kiluanji the Portuguese declared king.

    The Portuguese marshalled all of their forces on land and sea, their special river fleets in particular to crush Njinga but the Queen herself opened offensive, striking first at the Portuguese puppet King and his forces. The Portuguese captured her principle Island stronghold in the Cuanza river in July, 1626, thus dividing the forces and, by a swift encircling movement designed to capture the Queen, cut off her main supporting regiments and forced her not only to retreat but to withdraw from her country. It appeared that with Njinga’s flight from Angola Aidi Kiluanji was crowned King Philip I of Ndongo.

    Oral Tradition has further has it that the people not only rejected Philip I, but made fun of the very Idea that he considered himself to be king, Their blind faith in their Queen and certainly of her return, according to the same oral tradition was not so blind. Those who overstood the codded drum massages spread the news that all guerrilla attacks which occurred throughout were personally directed by the Queen and that in fact, she was raising a new army of liberation; her loyal chiefs and people in Ndongo were to stand ready.

    In November 1627 she crossed the borders back into her country at the head of a strong army made stronger and stronger as her loyal chiefs and wildly cheering people including the fanatically devoted freed men flocked to her standard as she swept forward to receive the Cuanza stronghold held by Phillip I and put him to flight.

    The Portuguese continued to be amazed at this display of Black unity and a woman’s leadership. Black unity was now seen as Black Power and that meant an unconquerable people.

    Njinga forced the Portuguese to return to their own strongholds on the coast, the Portuguese regrouped and strengthened for an all-out war to destroy Queen Njinga, and this time not to cease until this was done, the reward for Njinga dead or alive was offered, slave troops were offered land and freedom for her capture.

    Realizing such an all-out attempt to capture her meant countless thousands of her people would die in her defence, she outwitted the Portuguese again by slipping out of the country, instructing her lieutenants to spread the word everywhere that she had fled the country, mistakenly entered the territory of an enemy and had been killed. To give the story there was generals weeping and mourning throughout Ndongo real weeping and mourning for the masses believed the story to be true and most importantly so did the Portuguese.

    Then in 1629 Queen Njinga burst upon from the grave, sweeping all opposition before her, she brought her fierce Jaga allies with her, the Portuguese were completely defeated. She had not only retaken her country but had meanwhile become Queen of Matamba, Njinga was now empress of two countries.

    She now redoubled her campaign against slavery and the slave trade by making both Ndongo and Matamba heavens for all who could escape the white savages.

    Queen Njinga was further outraged over the success of the Portuguese capturing of both her younger sisters. Thus giving the enemy a most bargaining power yet like in the peace conference she continued to reject all their principal demands, with the result that her sisters to whom she was deeply devoted to remained in captivity for many years.

    In Queen Njianga they had a met a giant of the Human race which they found impossible to recognise as such because she appeared on the planet not only as a woman but one with a black skin.

    She died peacefully at age 80 in 1663, Some revolutionaries do live long!

    You cannot build something Great without loving yourself, black women love yourself or nobody else will.

    The religion of the Greatest civilisation worshiped the Black woman for they know her Glory, Aset or Isis the Goddess, The One Who Is All”, Aset (“Aset the All Goddess”), Aset was called the Mother of Life, She was revered by the people of Kemet as the great mother-goddess and represents the maternal spirit in its most intimate form.  A temple is dedicated to her on the Island of Philae, near the first cataract. She is revered throughout Egypt. Let us not look at ourselves through the eyes of the oppressors but let us learn from the way our ancestors before western influence on how they defined themselves so we can be able to define ourselves.

    Women need to lead the revolution for it is women who suffer most under Neo-Colonialism; It is women who bear the consequences of an oppressed race, especially a mentally enslaved race. “Comrades, there is no true social revolution without the liberation of women. May my eyes never see and my feet never take me to a society where half the people are held in silence. I hear the roar of women’s silence. I sense the rumble of their storm and feel the fury of their revolt.”   Thomas Sankara.   “I can hear the roar of women’s silence.”

     Mothers teach your sons to be gentlemen, so what his father did to hurt you he should not do to another girl. Let not a woman who had a man impregnate you and not take responsibility raise a son who then does that to another woman. The woman spends the most time with the Child; let her influence the child to be a better man. Whatever standards the Black woman sets, the Black man will achieve. Whatever aspirations the Black woman plants in her sons’ hearts, they will achieve them.

    One of the reasons Africans are at the state they are today is because we are producing less and less Queen Njinga’s, we are producing less and less Angela Davis’, less and less Queen Nanny’s, and one of the reasons for this can be found in the experiment done by Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark and Dr. Kenneth Clark which showed that from an early age of 5 and even less our children already have an inferiority complex, they already feel that those with a white skin are superior to them, and this reiterated in their schools, in their societies, in the media and by family and friends who have already been fully convinced they are inferior, in this education systems they are never taught that the black woman is the origin of humanity and Adam and Eve, white greedy queens like elizabeth are glorified to them and not Njinga, they are told King Solomon is the wisest person that lived not being told that Solomon envied the wisdom of Queen Sheba, they are told historically they have always been cowards not knowing that not many in History have been braver than Zeer Nehande. Our woman then feel worthless, and lack self-respect, Success is psychological and psychologically we have been taught to see ourselves inferior and less beautiful and until we remove these lies, lies that have affected ours eyes and mind, until we remove this inferiority complex we will remain slaves to those who installed the inferioty complex, we will always be consumers to those that install this lies in us as truth.

    “Their lies cant fade ya beauty

    You gotta know who you are

    Stay strong and always remember

    The truth in your heart

    Don’t forget there are those who

    Benefit from your scars

    And who deny what’s natural” Mela Machinko

    Daughters of Queen Hatshepsut, you were the first to show the world that women are wise leaders,

    Daughters of Queen Njinga, you proved to the world that when you fight for what is yours, you are unstoppable,

    Daughters of Queen Nanny, You showed that a revolution led by a woman will succeed,

    Daughters of Queen Manthatisi, you showed you cannot be defeated,

    Daughters of Queen Modjadji, you showed to the world you can control the weather, do the impossible,

    Daughters of the Mino, you showed that the Greatest army is united black woman,

    Daughters of Zeer Nehanda you showed you never give up,

    Daughters of Sarah Baartman, they envy your beauty!

    Children of Assata Shakur, you will one day be Free!

    Black Goddesses know thyself for you are the first wonder of the world!

    Without women there is no revolution!

    We had to learn that we’re beautiful. We had to relearn something forcefully taken from us. We had to learn about Black power. People have power if we unite. We learned the importance of coming together and being active.

    – Assata Shakur   

    Queen Njinga’s statue stands strong today in Luanda, Angola.

4 thoughts on “QUEEN NJINGA: THE AFRICAN WOMAN

  1. This is revealing and inspiring. The African woman is a jewel of inestimable value; her beauty, enduring; her intellect, profound; her courage, that of the gods.

    For far too long she’s been sleeping – she needs to wake up and take her rightful place, for the liberation of her nation. The woman is the molder of the society. That our men don’t respect and adore our women, is because the African Woman is yet to properly groom her male child to become responsible adult male capable of exuding love and care for the feminine folks. Our world would be a better place, if and only if our women live up to there responsibility of nurturing the young male into what they desire their men to be.

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