Queen Amina of Zazzau

Queen Amina of Zazzau

Amina Sukhera, or Aminatu, was the Queen of Zazzau (Zaria). Many historians believe that she existed, although evidence is very limited. Mostly the controversy has nothing to do with whether or not she did exist, but when she did. It is believed that she ruled for around thirty four years, and established government among many tribes, being the first ruler to do so. She conquered as far as Nupe and Kwarafa, enforcing tribute taxes and Zarian rule. She established Zazzau as a trade epicenter, and it grew in wealth. Agriculture and education also flourished under her, as she introduced the kola, a type of nut, into farming. She had many architectural projects as well, such as the building of walls and schools.

In oral tradition, she is described as being a warrior queen, and for taking lovers from each of her conquered lands.

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