In this episode of Influential Africans, we bring you the story of a woman in seventeenth-century Angola – Queen Nzinga.
Born into royalty, Njinga Mbande is one of four children, born to Ngola Mbandi Kiluanji of Ndongo and Matamba kingdom, modern-day Angola.
From a young age, her father took her under his wing to mentor her for greatness. It is said that she was his favourite.
Despite reported friction between herself and her brother Ngola Mbandi, Njinga grew to become a warrior queen who stood firm in her conviction to protect and fight for her motherland.
See video below, for more on Queen Njinga Mbande aka Queen Nzinga: