2. QUEEN AMINA SUKHERA OF ZAAZU (ZARIA)
Commonly known as the warrior queen, was the first woman to become the sarauniya ( queen) in a male-dominated society.
Born to the ruler, Bakwa of turunku in 1533, according to historical records, she lived approximately 200 years prior to the establishment of the Sokoto caliphate federation that governed Nigeria during the period of the British colonial rule following the Islamic jihad ( holy war) that overtook the region in the 19th century.
When her Father died in 1566, the crown was conferred to her younger brother, karama. During her brother’s 10 year rule, Queen Amina had been going for battles, this earned her the respect of the zaazu military, as she had matured into a fierce warrior, so she was able to assume the reign of the kingdom upon her brother’s death. She reigned for 34 years, made neighbouring rulers her vassals and she introduced metal armour to her army.
Queen Amina was also credited as the architect of the strong earthen walls known as “ganuwar of Amina” or “Amina walls” around the city. She used these walls to fortify all her camps. They still remain in existence to this day in ZARIA.
It was said that she never got married or had kids, instead, she took a temporary husband from each region after every battle. After sleeping with each of the men, she would order for them to be executed so as to prevent them from telling others about their sexual encounter.
Queen Amina of ZARIA is still one of the greatest Nigerian women ever, Nigeria is yet to have a greater female warrior than her