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.

Sources: Wikipedia Lisapoyakama.org

 

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