Opinions & Features June 24, 2018 at 07:58 am

Powerful African kings and queens whose amazing stories should be told on film

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Mildred Europa Taylor June 24, 2018 at 07:58 am

June 24, 2018 at 07:58 am | Opinions & Features

Queen Amanirenas

Queen Amanirenas

Described as the one-eyed queen who fought Rome tooth and nail, 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 and upon his death, she ascended the throne. History did not say much about her husband though. All that is known is that he died shortly after the Meroitic war against the Roman Empire.

Amanirenas 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.

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