Aminah The Warrior Queen

Black History Month: Aminah The Warrior Queen

Aminah of ZazZau (1533-1610), commonly known as The Warrior Queen, exemplified the term bada$$. The she was a leader with few peer. She expanded the territory where she lived, and unified the Hausa people of north Africa, modern day Nigeria, to the largest borders in history. Oddly enough, her real life persona would be the model for the wholly fictional television series “Xena Warrior Princess.” Ain’t that a bish?

Here is more on Amina The Warrior Queen:

Amina was born around 1533 in Zaria, a province of today’s Nigeria. She was the daughter of Bakwa of Turunku. Their family’s wealth was derived from the trade of leather goods, cloth, kola, salt, horses and imported metals.

When Bakwa died in 1566, the crown of Zazzua passed to Amina’s younger brother, Karama. Their sister, Zaria, fled the region and little is known about her.

Although Bakwa’s reign was known for peace and prosperity, Amina chose to hone her military skills from the warriors of the Zazzau military. As a result, she emerged as leader of the Zazzua cavalry. Many accolades, great wealth, and increased power resulted from her numerous military achievements.

When her brother Karama died after a ten-year rule, Amina had matured into a fierce warrior and had earned the respect of the Zazzau military and she assumed the reign of the kingdom.

Amina led her first military charge a few months after assuming power. For the rest of her 34 year reign, she continued to fight and expand her kingdom to the greatest in history. The objective for initiating so many battles was to make neighbouring rulers her vassal and permit her traders safe passage. In this way, she boosted her kingdom’s wealth and power with gold, slaves, and new crops. Because her people were talented metal workers, Amina introduced metal armor, including iron helmets and chain mail, to her army.

To her credit, she fortified each of her military camps with an earthen wall. Later, towns and villages sprung up within these protective barriers. The walls became known as Amina’s Walls and many of them remain in existence to this day.

According to legend, Amina refused to marry and never bore children. Instead, she took a temporary husband from the legions of vanquished foes after every battle. After spending one night together, she would condemn him death in the morning in order to prevent him from ever speaking about his sexual encounter with the queen.

Legend also decrees she died during a military campaign at Atagara near Bida in Nigeria. Her exploits earned her the moniker Amina, daughter of Nikatau, a woman as capable as a man. Her legendary escapades made her the model for the television series Xena Warrior Princess. Today, her memory represents the spirit and strength of womanhood.

Source: History & Women

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  • hoeyuno

    You guys need to do history articles like this weekly year round!! I know its none hip hop but…

    • Two_guns_Billy

      Yeah we got so many stories like this that lots of ppl don’t know about..

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        we got millions of vids posted by whites everyday for the last 50 years up to today – showing whites get away with their culture of sexually attacking babys

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      since you so embarraseed of your race , and you shud be — you shud go to your race’s sites and try to give your worthless , ugly body race some much needed advice

      • hoeyuno

        Mi’kmaq First Nations Biitch! You should change your avi. It gives peoples the false impression that you have something intelligent to say.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        ha – look at your ugly body , worthless race ass – cant do nothing but show yall cant think of nothing to sday

      • hoeyuno

        This has been fun but im starting to feel like im picking on a handicap guy. if your handler is around can you ask them to get at me to straighten this all up.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        stragiten what up ? – whole Truth is your shitty dna race traded your land for a coupla cases of whiskey – and you ugly body peons aint never accomplished nothing

      • hoeyuno

        I think your mom drank a few cases of whiskey when she was pregnant with your azz….You know when slavery was abolished you were given the right to learn how to spell.

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  • Two_guns_Billy

    I hope this get as many posts as the Kanye finger thing..

  • Black

    Nigeria is in West Africa not North Africa by the way,SMFH.

  • Black

    I salute y’all on the effort though,keep em’ coming. #BlackHistoryMonth

  • Damany G

    Dope… Real History!

  • L-Nice

    Great read I appreciate that; I’m big on history and African history needs to be told.