Month: September 2018

HERStory part 3: what does Nzinga’s story mean to me?

Nzinga

Many of you have been asking the meaning of my blog’s name. Here is the reason why I chose Queen Nzinga as the muse of this blog.

A long time ago, while I was a student in Belgium, I discovered a (now defunct) French magazine called Divas. It was a magazine for Afro-descendants’ women.

Besides the usual articles found in a woman magazine -fashion, health and sex pages- there was a history column that fascinated me. Each month they profiled prominent figures of the African diaspora history (from Africa to Europe and the West-indies).

As I did all my schooling in European schools, I have never ever learned anything about African history.

I knew very well the story of Napoleon and Mary Antoinette, but I didn’t know a single thing about my history and my people.

This is where I first learned about Nzinga, and it was a revelation. Un-learning what I have been taught in euro-centric curriculums and discovering a hidden part of our history has, since then, stirred a passion in me for learning and sharing our stories.

As the saying goes: “As long as history will be written by hunters, lions shall never be glorified”.

So, my blog content will be a back and forth between the past and the present, in the hope of bridging the knowledge gap.

I’ll dig into our history and help revive the glorious stories of our ancestors.  I’ll also continue to provide articles on today’s trending topics. Just like Divas, my favorite magazine of that time, has inspired me to stand tall, knowing my people came from greatness, I hope my blog will touch, inspire, uplift and inform a few.

What should you expect from my blog then? A monthly series on African (or Afro-descendants) figures and what their story means to us today; regular profiles of modern queens; and of course, current articles on my favorite topics: blogging, digital marketing, PR, pop culture and other topics related to self-development.

So, join me on this amazing journey of learning (and un-learning!) and self-discovery. Let’s follow in Nzinga’s (and all other amazing queens) footsteps and create a tribe of fearless, dedicated and opinionated women whose ideas, projects and initiatives will impact real changes on our continent. Let’s fix each other’s crown and let’s all be awesome.

This is a 3-parts series articles to  narrate the story of queen Nzinga and her significance for this blog.

You can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

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HERStory Part2: What does Nzinga’s reign mean for us today?

NPG D34632; Ann Zingha by Achille DevÈria, printed by FranÁois Le Villain, published by Edward Bull, published by Edward Churton, after Unknown artist 

Nzinga left her mark in the history of that part of central Africa and worldwide. She is one of the most known African heroines who resisted invasions and colonization for most of her life.

She is praised for being a fearless leader, an astute diplomat and a skilled military tactician. She tirelessly fought against the Portuguese invasion and the slave trade until her death at age 80.

It is very important for us today to learn about and celebrate our past heroes and heroines. Nzinga’s story debunks the myth that Africa was a place with no civilization, no culture and no societal structures of their own and that European colonisers met no or very little resistance.

Learning and embracing our history will help us change the narrative about our continent and reclaim our future.

Important dates in Nzinga’s reign:

  • 1627: Nzinga officially accessed to the throne.
  • 1641: She signed a deal with the Netherlands and their ally the kingdom of Kongo, upon hearing about the Portuguese defeat in Luanda. She hoped to reclaim territories further lost to the Portuguese.
  • 1644: She defeated the Portuguese troops. Unable to consolidate her victory though, she was defeated 2 years later. Her sister is held captive and her archives (containing her strategies, deals and alliances) are seized.
  • 1647: With the help of the Dutch army, she conquered Luanda again. The following year, the Portuguese, backed by Brazil regained control of Luanda. Nzinga retreated to one area of her kingdom in the Matamba territory. From there she fought the Portuguese army until later in life, still going to the battlefield after the age of 60.
  • 1657: After decades of never-ending fights with the Portuguese, an ageing Nzinga finally signed a peace deal with the Portuguese. She had one condition, though: that the Portuguese maintain her family to power.
  • 1663: She died at age 82.

This is a 3-parts series article to narrate the story of Queen Nzinga and her significance for this blog.

Read part 1 here and part 3 here.

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Podcast: https://anchor.fm/houseofnzinga

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HERStory-Part 1 : the rise of queen Nzinga ( early years and accession to power)

Nzinga

The rise of queen Nzinga (early years and accession to power)

Nzinga was born in 1583. She is the daughter of the Ngola (King) Mbandi Kiluanji and his wife Kangela, ruler of the kingdom of Ndongo. She had two sisters and one brother, Mbandi, who inherited power from their father. Her name –Nzinga- means that she was born with her umbilical cord around the neck. According to the tradition, people born this way are destined for greatness. Nzinga was her dad’s favourite and he started training her at a young age to the kingdom’s affairs. In her teenager years, Nzinga would often accompany her father to war.

Nzinga started appearing in European archives around 1622. That year, her brother, the Ngola Mbande (title given to the king and used in today’s country name Angola) sent her to a peace conference in Luanda to negotiate a deal with the Portuguese governor.

The deal was to convince the Portuguese invaders to withdraw from their territories, to stop the raids and incursions in the kingdom and to free their people held as captives.

To strengthen relationships with the Portuguese, Nzinga even converted to Christianism.  She took the name of Dona Ana de Souza to honour the governor’s wife who became Nzinga’s godmother.

Legend says that when she met with the governor, he asked her to seat on a mat, while he was sitting on a chair. Nzinga refused to do so and summoned one of her servants to get on all-four and provide a seat for her.

Unfortunately, the Portuguese didn’t honour their part of the deal: they didn’t vacate the occupied territories, and they continued their raids and incursions. Nzinga’s brother committed suicide in despair. Another legend says that she poisoned him, perhaps to get back at him, because he reportedly killed her only son to eliminate a potential successor. The Portuguese used the later explanation to refuse to recognize her as the rightful successor.

Nzinga then became the regent queen, in place of her nephew (her brother’s son). She later organised his assassination (gosh family killings were rampant then!) and officially became the queen of Ndongo in 1627.

This is a 3-parts series article to narrate the story of Queen Nzinga and her significance for this blog. Be sure to check part 2 and part 3.

Sources: Wikipedia Lisapoyakama.org

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5 ways you can make money from blogging

Make money blogging

A couple of days ago, I was having a chat with my very good friend, beauty entrepreneur and founder of the eponymous cosmetic brand, Fina Linga.  As we were catching up, I was telling her about my decision to commit myself more seriously to my blog . She then asked me “Is there money in blogging though?”. After a little pause , I replied  “Yes, I believe there is money in blogging. Of course, it won’t happen overnight, and you won’t necessarily make money directly from the blog.”

Before, when I was researching the topic, everything I found was about  monetizing the blog, getting direct advertisers, google ad sense, affiliated links etc. I believe these methods work for blogs with a huge readership and can take time to bring in real money.

But as I read more about blogging and bloggers’ success stories, I find out that YES you can make money…… (indirectly though).

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So here are 5 ways bloggers can make money:

  • By creating a strong personal brand

Nowadays, a recognizable personal brand is very important. Whether you are a young graduate, a seasoned professional working in a multinational firm or a budding entrepreneur, having a strong personal brand will make you stand out from the crowd. In the long term, a blogger with a strong personal brand will attract business opportunities.

  • By building a tribe

A strong personal brand will attract a loyal group of fans/followers, a “tribe” as a lot of marketers like to call them. Let’s say that you’re a beauty blogger who has managed to create a tribe after a few years of blogging. Cosmetics brands will then be interested in taping into your audience and collaborate with you. These collaborations can take many forms:  sponsored content, brand endorsement, brand ambassador opportunities, master-classes, etc. A lot of successful bloggers worldwide (they are called influencers or micro-influencers) are now featured in prominent ad campaigns.

  • By creating offline events

A tribe is not a bunch of inactive followers on your social network platforms that barely like your posts. A tribe consists of an active audience, with a high level of engagement. A group of people who will be happy to pay to attend your events and interact with your brand. Doing offline events will also help strengthen your relationship with your audience because today people crave well curated experiences. Few ideas of events can be: a beauty master-class for beauty bloggers, sponsored by a cosmetic brand; or a “budget 101 class” by a financial blogger. Money can be made by selling tickets, products and sponsorships.

  • By selling digital and physical products

A blogger with a niche can tap into a variety of products to cater to her audience: e-books, t-shirts, mugs, stationeries, cosmetics products and so much more. But of course, like any other business venture, research is key. You are more likely to make money from a product that is in demand by your audience.

  • By marketing your existing business

These methods apply not only to full/part-time bloggers but also to entrepreneurs, business owners, small and medium enterprises and even larger companies . A blog can be used to promote your existing business and drive sales. For instance, as a cosmetic brand founder you can have a blog where you talk about how your source your ingredients, offer tutorials, skin care advice, and cover many other topics related to your industry. It can help you create a more authentic voice and connect with your customers. Business storytelling is a very important component of marketing today. Every entrepreneur should invest time and resources in creating a good brand story.

Et voilaaaaa, here are 5 methods that are helping bloggers and influencers make money today. Have you started making money with your blog yet? If yes, I’d love to hear from you, so comment below,  share tips and let’s start making money!

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