Queen Amina of Zazzau: the Great Hausa Warrior born to Rule

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Queen Amina of Zazzau Queen Amina of Zazzau

Today, I would like to tell you about yet another great queen of Africa, Queen Amina of Zazzau.  Just like Amanishakheto of Nubia, Nzingha of Angola, or Ranavalona I of Madagascar, Amina was a strong queen who loved her people, and totally marked her kingdom forever.

Queen Amina of Zazzau was born around 1533 in the province of Zazzau, in modern-day Nigeria.  Zazzau refers to the Zaria emirate which is a traditional state with headquarters in the city of Zaria in Kaduna state in Nigeria.  Zazzau was one of the seven Hausa city-states which dominated the subsaharan trade after the collapse of the Songhai Empire at the end of the 16th century.  Its wealth was due to the commerce of leather, textile, horses, salt, kola, cloth, and metals imported from the East.

Queen Amina celebrated on a Nigerian stamp Queen Amina celebrated on a Nigerian stamp


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