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

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

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

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

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

King Ramesses II — BBC

King Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari

Ramesses II was one of the most powerful rulers of Ancient Egypt. He reigned in the 12th century B.C. for approximately 66 years, with archaeological sites across modern-day Egypt, Sudan, and Palestine contained palaces, monuments, temples, and shrines built in his honour.

History says that Ramesses, who ascended the throne in his late teens, led numerous military expeditions into the Levant, as well as, other expeditions south into Nubia.

Queen Nefertari

Queen Nefertari was then the Nubian queen (1292 to 1225 B.C.) who later got married to Ramesses II. It is said that the marriage was to be a political move that will see a sharing of power between two leaders but this marriage grew into one of the greatest royal love affairs in history.

It is believed that her marriage to Ramesses II brought to an end the over a hundred-year war between Egypt and Nubia. Till now, there is a monument standing in honour of Queen Nefertari.

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