BAQ: COLORING BOOK


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BADASS AFRICAN QUEENS is a coloring book based on the history of African queens. These are the Queen mothers who played important roles in local governments, social power, and influence in the 19th century. They stood out and worked tirelessly on improving the social welfare of their villages and kingdoms by showing gender equality as well as overseeing issues that involved both men and women together, such as adultery, rape, sodomization, and marital conflicts. The book recognizes Empress Kandake, Queen Nandi, Hatshepsut, Queen Moremi, Amina Mohamud, Queen Makeda, and Lingeer Ndat`e Yalla Mbodj as the best queen mothers of Africa.


In Ethiopia, we had Empress Kandake or Candace who was regarded as one of the most dreaded war generals of her time, according to historians, she was a fierce, tactical, and uniting lady who at some point ended up humiliating Alexander the great. This made people know her as the Queen who humiliated Alexander the great. We also had Makeda Queen of Sheba Ethiopia who was also known as the queen of Sheba or “La Reine de Sabah” in French. She was a queen of incredible strength as she survived a battle with the serpent king Awre. The Zulu Kingdom in South Africa had Queen Nandi who was resilient as a mother and a hope against social pressures. She was the mother of Shaka Zulu, one of the Zulu kingdom's greatest kings.

According to historians, during the reign of her son, she had significant influence over the affairs of the kingdom this shows how devoted she was to serve her people even. In ancient Egypt, Queen Hatshepsut became pharaoh, the fifth ruler of Dynasty 18. According to Egyptologist James Henry Breasted, she is known to be “the first great woman whose name has survived in history”. In the ILE-IFE Kingdom, Nigeria was a courageous queen, Queen Moremi, who is said to have contributed to the deliverance of the Yobra tribe from oppression. We also see Amina Mohamud a Hausa warrior queen of the city-state Zazzau, presently in the Northwest region of Nigeria, is allowed by her grandfather to attend state meetings to gain familiarity with state procedures after discovering her leadership skills early. An act that ended up making Amina a very prominent leader. In Senegal, we see the last great lingeer (queen) Ndat`e Yalla Mbodj of Waalo, a kingdom located in what is now Northwest Senegal. During her reign, she fought against French colonization and the Moorish invasion of her kingdom. In the 19th century, Ndat`e Yalla and her sister Ndjeumbeut Mbodj, stood out as two of the most powerful women of 19th century Senegambiaan dynastic history.


This book focuses on empowering, motivating, and encouraging young girls who have dreams of venturing into politics and leadership careers in the future. Empowering these young girls will also act as a gender equality tool as more girls will get motivated to venture into politics, which in the long run will assist boosting the amount of power currently held by women as it has greatly diminished since pre-colonial times.


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