Afrikan Queens

Documentary series honouring our African ancestors through sharing their fascinating stories mixed with passion, intrigue, violence, hardship and leadership.

10x 15mins, by SWSW Network, first aired 8th March 2021

Amina the Queen of Zaria Nigeria – Amina Mohamud was a Hausa warrior queen of the city-state Zazzau, North-West region of Nigeria. Her leadership skills were discovered early by her grandfather who allowed her to attend state meetings. Historians described her as one of the real rulers born in the mid-sixteenth century

Kandake – the empress of Ethiopia – Kandake or Candace was regarded as one of the most dreaded war generals of her time. Historians said she was known to be a fierce, tactical and uniting military leader.

Nehanda Mbuya Nyahbinghi – Nehanda is thought to be the spirit of Nyamhita, who is believed to have lived during the 15th century. Although there are many stories regarding Nyamhita, it appears that she was the daughter of a king of northern Shona territory, Ishe Mutota. She possessed great spiritual powers and was said to have disappeared into a mountain that bears her name, Gomo reNehanda. Nehanda quickly became one of the most important mhondoro.

Nefertiti – Queen of Ancient Kemet – Queen and the Great Royal Wife (chief consort) of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. With her husband, she reigned during what was arguably the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history.

Yaa Asantewa – Ashanti Kingdom, Ghana – Asantewa was the queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire – now part of modern-day Ghana. In 1900, she led the Ashanti war known as the War of the Golden Stool, also known as the Yaa Asantewaa war, against British colonials.

Queen Nandi – Zulu kingdom, South Africa – Queen Nandi was resilient as a mother and the hope against social pressures. She was the mother of Shaka Zulu, one of the Zulu kingdom’s greatest kings. According to historians, during the reign of her son, she had significant influence over the affairs of the kingdom.

Queen Moremi – Ile-Ife Kingdom, Nigeria Queen Moremi was a courageous queen who is fabled to have contributed to the deliverance of the Yoruba tribe from oppression.

Solitude – Warrior woman of Guadeloupe who fought against french troops in 1802 when pregnant

Empress Menen Asfaw – the wife and consort of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. Over the years little has been written about the remarkable life of Empress Menen Asfaw but we have access to rare research

The modern Queen of Africa – H.I.M Queen Shebah – Many of us only know the Queen of Sheba as the powerful and wealthy Biblical and Quranic figure who visited King Solomon in Jerusalem to “prove him with hard questions” which he answered satisfactorily. But, the lineage of the real Queen lives today. The modern-day Queen of Sheba is little-known among circles where she is not prominent, but her influence and power is felt throughout the world.

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