Queen Anna Nzinga

Anna Nzinga - Taste of Southern Africa

Queen Anna Nzinga, also known as Njinga Mbande or Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande, was a 17th-century queen of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in Angola.

Born into the ruling family of Ndongo and Matamba, Nzinga demonstrated an aptitude for defusing political crises in her capacity as ambassador to the Portuguese, and she later assumed power over the kingdoms when her brother, who was king at the time, committed suicide.

Nzinga fought fearlessly and cleverly for the freedom and stature of her kingdoms against the Portuguese who were colonizing the area at the time.

Today, she is remembered in Angola for her political and diplomatic acumen, as well as her brilliant military tactics.

A major street in Angola’s capital, Luanda, is named after her, and in 2002 a statue of Nzinga was erected in Kinaxixi to celebrate Angola’s 27th anniversary of independence.

We celebrate Queen Anna Nzinga's life and her service to the people of southern Africa!


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