Here's the deal: You can really know where you're going, if you don't know where you've been, right?


And knowing that you may have royal blood in your veins because your ancestors were kings can change the vision of who you are today for the better.


And do you know that Africa was a continent of great kings? Leaders? Who influenced the whole world?


Well, today I'm going to show you 4 personalities who were sovereign in Africa.

1- Taharqa

Taharqa is the IV Pharaoh of the XXV Dynasty. He was the 6th King of Napata, capital of the country of Kush (Nubia). Taharqa was the son of Piânkhy and Queen Abara whom some specialists call Abale (or Abal) and he is the best known and the most sumptuous of the rulers of Kushite origin. His reign was 26 years.


Taharqa was crowned in Memphis. His reign was divided into two parts, the first was marked by its military value. Strongly Egyptianized, he organized Nubia into provinces, controlling them militarily, administratively and economically, ensuring Egypt and Nubia a period of peace and prosperity. During the second part of his reign, he could not prevent the Assyrian invasion of the country as far as Thebes.

2- Queen Nzinga

Anna Nzinga, Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande or Njinga MbandiNote, also known as Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba, was queen of the kingdom of Ndongo and the kingdom of Matamba in present-day Angola.


Today she is an Angolan national symbol. It is also claimed by anti-colonialists and feminists for its long resistance to the Portuguese. The anti-slavers, on the other hand, cannot claim it because the slave trade was the engine of the economy of the State of Ndongo and financed its armies.

3- Amanishakéto

Queen Candace Amanishakéto is the daughter of Queen Amanirenas. she is the queen of the Sudanese kingdom of Napata and Meroe in the time of Augustus, who refuses to submit and harasses the Roman legions. In the year -20, she made an incursion into Egypt, pillaging all the cities in her path as far as Elephantine.


Amanishaketo possessed wealth and power, given the pyramid where she is buried and the treasures that surround her in her death. It is in Meroe that is located his residence and several temples.

4- Sundiata Keita

Sundiata Keita (also known as Manding Diara, Lion of Mali, Sogolon Djata, son of Sogolon, Nare Maghan and Sogo Sogo Simbon Salaba) was a powerful prince and founder of the Mali Empire. The famous Malian ruler Mansa Musa, who made a pilgrimage to Mecca, was his great-nephew


Written sources augment the Mande oral histories, with the Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta , having travelled to Mali in the century after Sundiata's death, and providing independent verification of his existence. The semi-historical but legendary Epic of Sundiata by the Malinké/Maninka people centers on his life. The epic poem is primarily known through oral tradition, transmitted by generations of Maninka griots

And there you have it: four great kings and queens of Africa you can look up to. But Africa is more than four kings. And the culture is so vast.

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