There is a source of strength, intelligence, and unequivocal perseverance that African women and their sisters throughout the diaspora have historically displayed. Whether considering those who led nations, revolts, movements, or other enterprises, women of African descent has and continues to achieve the extraordinary. Queen Nzinga, the 17th century ruler of Angola who led a 30-year war against Portuguese encroachment is one example of the powerful women from which present-day Black women descend. During Queen Nzinga’s reign of resistance against enslavement and colonization she orchestrated political alliances and gorilla attacks that became legendary. Exceptionally skilled in wielding the battle-ax, Queen Nzinga led her army into battle until she was well into her sixties.
As we witness what appears to be a rise in the number of Black women leading nations, movements, businesses, and more, let us remember their vibrant lineage. Becoming more familiar with the historic triumphs of women of African descent can help shift experiences of surprise associated with their present-day achievements, to expectation. After all, they are recipients of a mighty inheritance.
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and political advancements, left clues that inform his successful rule. Tenkamenin’s daily visits among the citizenry to ascertain their needs distinguished him as a wise, compassionate, and highly effective leader. It was genuine regard for the people that drove his governance policies.
Ancient Ghana and other pre-colonial African nations were organized into social orders that reflected present-day aspirations of democracy. As governance structures in the United States and elsewhere are increasingly scrutinized, Tenkamenin’s leadership may offer insights about the enduring value of authentic democratic leadership. To learn more about the practices of this highly effective African ruler who powerfully applied aspects of democratic governance during the eleventh century, click below.
As a bonus, click on the second button to watch acclaimed historian Dr. John Henrik Clarke describe King Tenkamenin’s powerful governance practices.