6: Njinga of Ngola and Matamba: Part One

Njinga, aka Nzinga, aka Ana de Sousa was one of the longest-reigning and most consequential monarchs in history. She ruled over Ndongo and Matamba (near modern-day Angola) for thirty-seven years and NONE of those years was boring. She was a fashion icon, icon for women over age 40 getting shit done, an icon in Black history, an icon in African history, an icon in anti-colonialist history, and SO MUCH MORE.

This week is the first half of her saga; next week we’ll get into the second half, including how she will score on the scandilicious scale!!

References:

Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen by Linda Heywood

It’s A Continent podcast itsacontinent.com

Excuse My African podcast excusemyafrican.com

The Humanity Archive podcast thehumanityarchive.com

longreads.com/2019/10/03/queens-of-infamy-njinga/