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Queen Nyabingi: Shamanic priestesses of East Africa

The legend of Queen Nyabingi began with an amazon queen named Kitami, who possessed a sacred drum. Later generations revered her as a powerful ancestor (emandua) and she spoke through priestesses called Bagirwa. Most of them were were traditional healers, chosen by Nyabingi as her prophets.

Women’s Medicine: Zar-bori Cult in Africa and Beyond

Despite the large-scale destruction of traditional practices throughout the world, the Zar-Bori spirit-healing cult continues to hold tremendous meaning for some women in West Africa, the Sudan and North Africa, and even in the more progressive countries such as Tunisia, Kuwait, Egypt and the Gulf States.

Bori Religion and the Bori Priestess

Bori is a traditional animistic religion of the Hausa people of West Africa. An aspect of the traditional Maguzawa Hausa religious traditions, Bori became a state religion led by ruling class priestesses amongst some of the late pre-colonial Hausa States.

Amazons of Black Sparta: Women Warriors of Dahomey

This volume examines the "Amazons", whose existence has been verified via documents and eye-witness accounts from battles for the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 18th and 19th centuries. Originally palace guards, the Amazons had evolved by the 1760s into professional troops armed mainly with muskets, machetes and clubs.

The Realm of a Rain Queen: A Study of the Pattern of Lovedu Society

This important work embodies the results of an investigation into the everyday life, culture and religion of the Lovedu, perhaps the least known of all South African tribes.

Queens, Queen Mothers, Priestesses and Power: Case Studies in African Gender

A collection of 18 case studies of women in power in Africa. It focuses on the political and ritual roles of royal and elite women who are gathered together by tradition, choice and circumstance, and who, as a result, achieve and exercise power, and acquire and exert influence in the public and private arenas of...
Adioukrou African Queen Mother

Adioukrou African Queen Mother

TweetIn Ghana, the display of gold at the Ashanti king’s jubilee in 1995 was unsurpassed in splendor. This Adioukrou Queen Mother, attending the jubilee, indicates her status by wearing gold turtle & crocodile talismans in her hair. Magnificently bedecked in gold jewelry & wearing gold dust makeup, she exhibits her husband’s substantial authority & worth....
Queen Mother Nana Yaa Asantewaa

Queen Mother Nana Yaa Asantewaa

TweetShe was born in 1863 at Ejisu, near Kumasi, in Ashanti and later became the queen Mother of Ejisu, Brave and fearless as she was, she led the men of Ashanti or the Ashanti Warriors” to fight the British.when the Asantehene (Ashanti King), Nana Prempeh and other important chiefs were captured and sent to the...
Modjadji V, Rain Queen

Modjadji V, Rain Queen

TweetSouth Africa: Queen Modjadji V has thirty-three wives. She is not allowed to marry men, but must choose her “wives” among the eldest daughters of the Lovedu people, while her dynasty has ruled for two centuries. Modjadji V the Rain Queen has mystical rainmaking powers. The Zulu have always feared these queens, who live in...
Modjadji, The Rain Queen

Modjadji, The Rain Queen

The Lovedu tribe (also called the Balobedu), a Sotho-Venda group that in 1500 settled in the north of what is now the Limpopo Province of South Africa, has the distinction that it is the only tribe in Africa still ruled by a female monarch.
The Power of Women in West Africa: Queen Mothers

The Power of Women in West Africa: Queen Mothers

For West Africa, one aspect remains consistent: the African people have a very different approach to power among women than the traditional western conception implies. When people in the West consider the concept of equality between the sexes, they think of men and women sharing equal roles in society.

Information on the Queen Mother Tradition among the Kwahu People of Ghana

The Kwahu are a main constituent kingdom of the Akan ethnic group. The Akan reside in clusters in southern and central Ghana, and the Kwahu reside in the eastern central part of the country. The common language of the Akan kingdoms is Akan, which has many dialects.