Tribute to the Women of Africa – at Home and abroad
Without African Women, our Grandmothers, Mothers and Sisters – none of us would be here today. We originated in the bodies of Women and it is You who gave birth to us. For this we are forever grateful.
Africa is not doing enough for Women and Girls; for our Mothers. There is violence against Women. In South Africa Women are not safe. This is a disgrace and an indictment against the men of the continent.
This post honours the Women of Africa. Those here at Home and those in the Diaspora.
We respect You and recognise Action speaks louder than words in creating a better life for You.
Your impatience for justice is justified and Your voices are heard.
Queen Nzingha of Angola
Queen Nzingha of Angola fiercely lead her people against the Portuguese who were among the first Europeans to seek Africans to enslave and natural resources. Queen Nzingha lived between 1583-1663.
Harriet Tubman lived between 1822-1913. She was born into slavery and escaped from slavery as an adult. She became a leader in the Underground Railroad and freed more than 300 enslaved Africans in America.
Bessie Head is a South African author who lived between 1937-1986. She went into self-imposed exile in Botswana due to non-acceptance of the Apartheid regime. Head wrote nine novels and short stories. She was also a journalist.
Empress Menen of Ethiopia
Empress Menen was one of Ethiopia’s royal heads. She lived between 1891-1962. She was married to Emperor Haile Selassie and was jointly Coronated with him in 1930 as part of the Solomonic tradition.
Toni Morrison is an African author who was born in the United States (1931-2019). Morrison was a student of Howard University in Washington D.C. She published numerous texts and also taught at Princeton University.
Miriam Makeba is a singer born in southern Africa. Her mother was a Swati speaker while her father was umXhosa. Makeba fought the Apartheid regime with her music and lyrics. She lived between 1932-2008.