Africa, throughout history, has had some of the most significant leaders and among these were queens who led their kingdoms with their intelligence and power. They courageously took up arms and swords, led strong armies and faced off with the colonialists.
The conquests and bravery of these women have left an impact on the continent that can be felt to this day. But what about their men? We cannot forget the fact that these powerful women who fought on the battlefield were also wives, mothers, sisters and daughters.
So, who were these men who were so lucky and brave enough to marry these influential women? Read about them below:
Yaa Asantewaa – Ghana
The queen mother of Edweso (Ejisu) who heroically fought against British colonizers until she was exiled was married to Owusu Kwabena of Kantinkyiren near Trede. He was a paternal grandson of Asantehene Osei Yaw (1824–33). They produced only one child, a daughter called Ama Sewaa Brakatu (or Ama Sewaa Boankra, named after the Edweso village where her mother farmed and gave birth to her). Yaa Asantewaa, according to history, led the Ashanti-British “War of the Golden Stool” with an army of 5,000 men. The war came about after the British had demanded the Golden Stool – a dynastic symbol of the Ashanti empire, in exchange for the then Asantehene, King Prempeh I. She further used her oratory skills to inspire village chiefs to fight against the colonialists.
Candace (The Empress of Ethiopia)
Candace, whose real name was Amanirenas was one of the greatest queen mothers who ruled over the Meroitic Kingdom of Kush in northeast Africa. She commanded the Ethiopian army in 332 B.C and was said to have had great military commanding skills. This enabled her to become one of the strongest female military tacticians of all time. She was the wife of King Teriteqas until he died and she ascended the throne. History did not say much about her husband though. All we know is that he died shortly after the Meroitic war against the Roman Empire. Candace became famous for leading her armies against the Romans in a five-year war which resulted in a very favourable treaty for her people. She was, however, said to have lost one eye in that battle.
Queen Amina – Nigeria
The powerful Hausa warrior and grand-daughter of King Sarkin became the queen of the Zazzau Kingdom following the death of her younger brother, Karama. Within three months of inheriting the throne, Queen Amina was said to have embarked on what was to be the first of military engagements related to her rule. Her military prowess and command earned her great respect throughout the kingdom during her 34-year reign. Amina, according to history, refused to marry and never bore children. Instead, she took a temporary husband from the legions of vanquished foes after every battle. After spending one night with the man, she would kill him in the morning in order to stop him from telling others about their sexual encounter.