African American Women and other melanated women have known struggle throughout their lives.
More so African American women who have encountered racial prejudice from American History, not only have melanated women been put down for their physical features by being conditioned to believe that in order to be considered beautiful they must imitate Caucasian standards of beauty. From straighten their hair to lightening their skin since the fairer you are the more desirable you are.
Rarely are dark skinned women depicted to be strong independent women who can leader their family let alone their community. This has been an injustice carried out to melanated denying them of role models to look up to and guide them to a great destiny.
To mitigate this great injustice let me introduce to you these great African female warriors that rose against all odds and have been immortalised in history.
- Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa: Yaa Asantewaa was the queen mother of the Edweso tribe of the Asante (Ashanti kingdom) in which is modern Ghana. She was an exceptionally brave fighter who, in March 1900, raised and led an army of thousands against the British colonial forces in Ghana in their efforts to subjugate the Asante and seize the Golden Stool, the Asante nation’s spiritual symbol of unity and sovereignty.
- Ahosi or Mino (Dahomey Amazons): The Dahomey Amazons or Mino female military regiment of the Fon people.Who were part of the Kingdom of Dahomey in what is present-day Republic of Benin. They regiment existed from the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. Of which European narratives refer to the women soldiers as “Amazons,”
- Queen Nanny: Queen Nanny, is a Jamaican national hero who iswell-known leader of the Jamaican Maroons in the 18th century. Nanny who was kidnapped from Ghana. In West Africa, as a child, and was sold as slave in Jamaica. In her childhood she was influenced by the Maroons who were Black people that were enslaved and later fled from their oppressors plantations and formed their own communities in Jamaica’s interior. For over 30 years she freed more than 800 slaves and helped them settle into Maroon communities and defeated the British in many battles.
- Queen Nzinga Mbande: Queen Nzinga Mbande was very intelligent and powerful 17th-century ruler of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms (which is modern-day Angola). During the 17th century, Nzinga fearlessly and cleverly fought for the freedom of her kingdoms from the Portuguese, who were then colonizing Central African coast to control the trade of African human beings.
- Nyabingi PriestessesMuhumusa: She organized armed resistance against German who were then colonizing East Africa. She was eventually detained by the British in Kampala, Uganda, from 1913-1945 until her death. She was amongst the first in a line of rebel priestesses who were fighting colonial domination in the name of Nyabingi. Even after being imprisoned she inspired a vast popular following. The British who passed the 1912 Witchcraft Act, was in direct response to the political effectiveness of this spiritually based resistance movement.