Popular African Queen Mothers you should know

Nduta Waweru Sep 8, 2018 at 06:00pm

September 08, 2018 at 06:00 pm | Culture

Nduta Waweru

Nduta Waweru | Contributor

September 08, 2018 at 06:00 pm | Culture

Madam Juliana: The Omu [Queen/Head of Commerce] of Issele-Uku, Phyllis Galembo, 1994. Photo Tumblr


Long before the Igbo used the word Ilogo to mean the council of elders, it was the name of an Omu (Queen Mother) of Issele-ukwum, the first Queen Mother of the region. According to oral tradition, Ilogo was the senior wife of the fourth Obi of Issele-Ukwum. She not only looked at her husband but the kingdom.

Upon his death, she moved out of the palace but continued her duties as the dowager queen, which also include taking care of her son’s wellbeing. It is her activities and that of her aides that the administrative title of ‘omu’ was created.

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