Nigerian Photographer, Kefytee releases a special editorial inspired by the legendary Queen Amina of Zaria. The pictures which was styled by Emerging Stylist, Fayo of Sheels Urbane are one to love as the picture portray a fierce warrior.
According to the Photographer, ‘I was inspired by her tenacity and voraciousness as woman and as a Warrior Queen who was fearless and at the same time compassionate’.
Who was Queen Amina?
Queen Amina (also known as Queen Aminatu), was the elder daughter of Queen Bakwa Turunku, the founder of the Zazzau Kingdom in 1536. Some scholars date Queen Amina’s reign to about 1549, as heir apparent after the death of her mother. This medieval African kingdom was located in the region now known as the Kaduna State in the north-central region of Nigeria, capital at the modern city of Zaria. Zaria (aka Birnin Zaria) was named after Queen Amina’s younger sister Zariya, and is where the Royal Palace of Zaria resided.
Queen Amina is a legend among the Hausa people for her military exploits. She controlled the trade routes in the region, erecting a network of commerce within the great earthen walls that surrounded Hausa cities within her dominion. According to the Kano Chronicle, she conquered as far as Nupe and Kwarafa, ruling for 34 years.
A splendid military strategist, Amina raised great walled camps amid her different campaigns, and is by and large credited with the building of the acclaimed Zaria divider. She is today recollected-by some affectionately,by others less so – as Amina,Yar Bakwa ta san rana,importance Amina, girl of Nikatau, a lady as proficient as a man.
Photopraghy: Kefytee Studios (@kefytee)
Styling: Fayo (@fayo_ths) for Sheels Urbane
Model: Funke (@funkie_bookie) of Zahara Model Management (@zaharamodels)
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