Labotsibeni Gwamile LaMdluli
The Mother Who Bought Back Her Country
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When her deadbeat brothers demanded the impossible, this South African princess carried through, and slayed a dragon.
This brutal sovereign's reign saw her outlaw clapping, pioneer death by feet-kissing, and design giant weaponized scissors - but are we only getting one side of the story...?
When the Portuguese took the throne from her, this Angolan queen made a new one: out of her own servant. She then fled to the jungle, conquered a tribe of cannibals, and waged war on the Portuguese for so long that they gave up and left.
When colonial powers went too far, she rebelled in the most stylish way possible: dancing from town to town. It was surprisingly effective.
This stubborn empress led her native Ethiopia to do the unthinkable - defeat one of the major European powers in war.
Instigated a massive "women's war" against British taxation, the effect of which was one part protest movement, one part comedy roast, and one part block party.
Somalia's ballsiest queen, she took power from men either figuratively or literally - by ordering much of the gender castrated. Hero or villain, depending on who's doing the telling, she remains one of Africa's most divisive figures.
This Jewish-Ethiopian warrior queen took the throne, ended a millennium-old biblical dynasty, and caused a break in Ethiopia's history that has not healed to this day - or did she...?
The greatest ruler of Yemeni history, she defeated her numerous foes to usher the country into its golden age.
When her husband inadvertently sold the country to colonial forces, this queen spent the rest of her life getting it back.