Queen Nzinga Characteristics

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Pre-Colonial African Kingdoms and States have always praised the powerful men that have made change and ruled. While that statement is clearly true, it also true that not all powerful, history changing rulers were men. Along the common names of rulers like Oba Ewuare, Osei Tutu, and Oba Oduduwa; there are women who have done the same amount of incredible strides in the history of African Kingdoms. Queen Amina and Queen Nzinga are two women who have done great things for the history of Africa and prove that not just men can control an empire. Starting his rule in 1440, King Oba Ewuare was documented as the first King of the Benin Empire. The Benin Empire; now located in what is Southern Nigeria and known for being one of the oldest and highly…show more content…
Her name was Nzinga Mbande, more referred to as as Queen Nzinga. Leader of the Mbundu people, she lead battles against the Portuguese. Nzinga Mbande is best known for her meeting with the crown of Portuguese in 1622. As discussed in class, she refused to be seen as a lesser, especially seeing that she was woman of power. Understanding the Governor and the rules of Portuguese natives, she knew that upon entering the meeting there would only be one seat and she would be automatically viewed as a lesser. Upon entering she motioned to one of her assistants; her assistant fell to her knees and hands and allow Nzinga to be seated upon her back, allowing her to be at eye level with the…show more content…
While not credited to him, Osei Tutu was the first leader to use the idea of political hierarchy. For example; after cities were overtaken by the Ashanti people, instead of abolishing their chiefs Tutu allowed them to continue their local rule as long as their source of political rule derived from the Asantehene. To keep their loyalty, a festival was held each year to celebrate the relationships created. Osei Tutu remained a ruler until his death in 1717. The empire he created existed until the 1900 when the British overtook and incorporated the Empire into the Gold Coast
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