- In recent times, Nigerian women usually surprise those who see them as unfit for leadership position as they perform exceedingly beyond expectation
- This, however, did not start today, as achievements of many Nigerian women in the past were documented and one of these documents leads us to Queen Amina of Zaria
- She was a northern leader who ruled her kingdom for 34 years and conquered several territories
When making reference to powerful Nigerian women whose impacts can never be forgotten, Queen Amina of Zaria would undoubtedly be mentioned.
The brave and powerful leader led an army of men and also conquered several territories among other great things.
According to reports, the warrior queen was born to a wealthy ruler, Bakwa of Turunku, in the year 1533 and they lived in Zazzau.
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Her family became successful by selling cloths, salt, kola, imported metal and horses.
During her father’s reign, Amina spent time training with the soldiers of the Zazzau cavalry as she honed her fighting skills. She eventually emerged as the leader of their army.
The Bakwa of Turunku gave up the ghost in 1566 and his son, Karama, succeeded him. He also died after reigning for 10 years.
During Karama's reign, Amina had become a well-known warrior and she was able to emerge as queen after her brother's death.
Queen Amina led her first military expedition only a few months after she became ruler and during her reign, she led an army of about 20,000 men as she conquered many territories.
The warrior queen brought numerous wealth to her kingdom as she also introduced metal armour to her army.
Queen Amina did not have a family of her own. According to Face 2 Face Africa, she slept with men she captured during expeditions and killed them the following day to keep her action secret.
She was said to have committed suicide after a man she slept with escaped one night.
Her great achievements earned her several praises as people described her as a woman who had the strength of a man.
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