For today’s story, we are going to the country named after the body of water on which it lies: the Bight of Benin.
Our legendary person is not a ruler… it is not even a person. It’s a group of people who became known to the world after fighting the French troops rallied to conquer this dangerous, almost mythical unit: The Mino (Our Mothers). Research done by Noire Historia. Produced by Loopify media.
For today’s story, we are travelling to the southern tip of the beautifully diverse continent of Africa.
We are going straight to the south, Mzansi.
To the country dripping with culture and history. A country rich and diverse.
The place that gave us apartheid, but also gave us Mandiba Rholihlahla Mandela. Shaka’s backyard.
The place where the natural music of various voices mesh and merge to give us glorious choirs.
We are travelling to the country of 11 national languages … and listening to the legend of Queen Nandi, from the isiZulu People. Please visit bit.ly/GiraffesEggs to get a copy of the African Folktale: Giraffe's Eggs. Also visit linktr.ee.com/lm_daini to have access to all my social media.
Today’s story is from the Ashanti Empire (set in present-day Ghana). It is the story of Osei Tutu, who was from the small state of Kumasi, but ended up uniting all the separate Ashanti states to create a powerful empire.
Osei Tutu was motivated by his desire to fight back against the oppression of the Denkyiras, their southern neighbours.
This makes Osei Tutu the very first "Ashantehene" or King of all the Ashantis. He was the Founder and first King of the United Ashanti empire. He is also the Uncle of Abla Pokou, Queen of the Baoulé people, a splinter group of the Ashanti’s, that can be found in modern-day Cote d’Ivoire. An earlier episode retells her story and why she fled Kumasi to start her own queendom.
Today’s story is from the kingdom of Zazau, which is located in present-day Northern Nigeria in West Africa, it is about Queen Aminatou who was known as a great military strategist. A cavalry-trained Queen who fought many wars that expanded the southern-most part of the Hausa kingdom.
Her story was recorded in the Kano Chronicle, a well-regarded and detailed history book of the city of Kano and the surrounding Hausa people. It was composed in the late 19th century and comprises early, oral histories from the region.
Today's episode is dedicated to my good friend Valerie Kerri, fellow podcaster (The Valerie Kerri Show) and the real-life warrior queen.
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Today’s story, is from Mali in West Africa and we will listen to a legend from the Malinke People. This story is based on an Epic poem: Sundiata Keita. He was the first ruler of the Mali Empire in the 13th century AD. He laid the foundation for a powerful and wealthy empire and proclaimed the first charter of human rights, the Manden Charter.
I really hope you enjoy today’s story and that you learn something new. I am LM Daini, author of the West African fable Giraffe’s Eggs available on amazon: http://bit.ly/GiraffesEggs
Ranavalona I (born Rabodoandrianampoinimerina (also called Ramavo around 1778) also known as Ranavalo-Manjaka I, was sovereign of the Kingdom of Madagascar from 1828 to 1861. After positioning herself as queen following the death of her young husband, Radama I, Ranavalona pursued a policy of isolationism and self-sufficiency, reducing economic and political ties with European powers, repelling a French attack on the coastal town of Foulpointe, and taking vigorous measures to eradicate the small but growing Malagasy Christian movement initiated under Radama I. (Source Wikipedia)
Her story is not well known, but very fascinating.
Acapella Song by Malagasy boy's group: Zaza Kanto (To find out more about this group of street children using their voice as a talent, please visit: ZazaKanto.com. There you can also donate to support them).
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Many fascinating stories and legends are attributed to Queen Nzinga. In an often-repeated tale, the Portuguese governor, Correia de Sousa, did not offer a chair for Nzinga to sit on during their negotiations, and instead, had a floor mat laid out for her to sit. The use of banal floor mat was appropriate only for subordinates and Nzinga took exception to this slight by the governor. Unwilling to accept this humiliation, she ordered one of her servants to get down on the ground on all fours so she could sit upon his back during negotiations. Through this overt act, she asserted her status as an equal to the governor, not an inferior.
Find out more about this fascinating queen and military genius.
This episode comes from the Maasai Region (Maasai people are found in both Kenya and Tanzania). The Maasai are fascinating people. Their culture and traditions are captivating. I particularly like their communal singing, it is so rich!
There are many myths about the way death entered this world. This one is from the Maasai culture. I hope you like it.
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A story from Eastern Africa, originally told in Swahili, Hassebu is a young man faced with the consequences of his choices. Will he save himself or do the right thing and save the King of Snakes?
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This is the story of the legendary Queen Abla Pokou and the origins of the Baule people of Ivory Coast, sad but beautiful.
Specially dedicated to Jilian Makanaka, a big fan of the podcast and a lovely little girl living in the US with some roots in Zimbabwe.
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