Fatima Al-Fihri: Founder of the World’s First University

Did you know both the world's oldest (and still existing) university and library were founded by an African woman? In 859 CE, Fatima Al-Fihri founded the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, in present-day Morocco. By the 9th century, Fez was one of the most influential Muslim cities. The Al-Fihri family moved there for a more… Continue reading Fatima Al-Fihri: Founder of the World’s First University

Moremi

Moremi is a heroine in the legend of Ile-Ife, a town in southwestern Nigeria considered to be the cradle of Yoruba civilization. She lived around the 12th century and was married to the King of Ile-Ife, Oranmiyan. At that time, Igbo invaders (who are not related to the present-day Igbo ethnic group) regularly attacked the… Continue reading Moremi

Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba

In the 17th century, present-day Angola was ruled by the adept and fearless leader, Queen Ana Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba, of the Amubundu people. She came to power by inheriting Ndongo at a time when the kingdom was under attack from both the Portuguese, as well as neighbouring African aggressors. Both enemies were looking… Continue reading Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba

N’Nonmiton: The Women Warriors of Dahomey

Nicknamed 'Dahomey Amazons,' the N'Nonmiton were an all-female militia in the kingdom of Dahomey (present-day Benin) until the late 19th century. In the Fon language, N'Nonmiton means 'Our Mothers.' They were also called Ahosi, meaning 'King's Wives,' because legally N'Nonmiton were wedded to the king, and therefore barred from marrying or having childrenĀ during their service.… Continue reading N’Nonmiton: The Women Warriors of Dahomey