African Women Leaders

What do we know about African women? what do we know about women warriors and queens of Africa pre-colonial and post colonial era? Your guess is as good as mine. We know a lot of about African kings even though not accurate enough, but we know little or nothing about them. Over the years we have been made to believe that the man is a symbol of the power; and while this may be true for many tribes/empires in Africa, it is not to say that there weren’t also empires with extraordinary women leadership. It is not accurate to depict Africa as a mainly Patriarchal or Matriarchal society as there were many brave and clever women in Africa whose government has exerted a great influence on history of the continent as much as there were great men .

So, these are some of the brightest black queens and leaders you should know – that left their mark on the sands of time in the history of Africa!


Queen Amina
Queen Amina of Zazzau (c. 1533–)
PROPHETEST Kimpa Vita of Kongo
Prophetess Kimpa Vita  (1684-1706) 









Seh Dong Hong Beh 1
Seh-dong-hong-beh (Leader of the Dahomey Amazons)
Queen Ndatte
Queen Ndate Yalla (The Last Queen of Wallo













Queen Nzinga of Angola (circa b- 1581 - d. Dec. 17- 1663)
Queen Nzinga Mbande of Ndongo And Matamba