Amina (also Aminatu; 1610) was a Hausa warrior queen of #zazzau (now Zaria), in what is now in the north-west region of Nigeria.
She is the subject of many legends, but is believed by historians to have been a real ruler. There are controversies among scholars as to the era of her reign; one scholar 👩🏫 placing her in the mid-15th century, and a second placing her reign in the mid to late 16th century.
More recent oral tradition has a series of lively stories about the #queen , and these have found their way into popular culture. Among them were: Amina was a #fierce warrior and loved fighting. As a child, her grandmother Marka, the favorite wife of her grandfather Sarkin Nohir, once caught her holding a dagger. Amina holding the dagger did not shock Marka, rather it was that Amina held it exactly as a warrior would. As an adult, she refused to marry for the fear of losing power. She helped (Zaria) become the center of trade and to gain more land. Her mother, Bakwa, died when Amina was 36 years old, leaving her to rule over Zaria.
The introduction of #kola nuts into cultivation in the area is attributed to Amina. The Queen Amina Statue at the National Arts Theatre in Lagos State honors her, and multiple educational institutions bear her name.
The warrior princess Amina Zarinde character who appears in "Elf Saga: Doomsday" (2014) by Joseph Robert Lewis is partly inspired by the Hausa queen.
Amina of Zaria (1533-1610?), commonly known as the warrior queen, expanded the territory of the Hausa people of north #africa to the largest borders in history. More than 400 years later, the legend of her persona became the model for a television series about a fictional warrior princess, called Xena.
Zazzau Emirate Palace