About the blog, the name and Queen Nzinga

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House of Nzinga is a lifestyle and entertainment platform. Its mission is to create,, curate and share content that is inspiring, educative and entertaining.
House of Nzinga‘s ultimate goal is to become a leading bilingual online destination for the multicultural, multilingual and multi-passionate African Woman to stay up to date with Lifestyle trends and EventsCurrent affairs, and Entertainment news.
House of Nzinga’s mission is to create a tribe of women with shared interests and values deeply rooted in Africa and open to the World.

On this blog you will find:

  • Series and profiles about inspiring women
  • Advices on career, personal branding, blogging and personal development
  • Articles on health and wellness, fashion,lifestyle plus: events, books, movies and music reviews

Who is House of Nzinga’s Ideal Reader?

She is a fierce Afro-Optimistic. She is passionate about Africa (including her Diaspora) : Our history, current issues and culture. She works towards making a difference in her community. She is comfortable in her own skin and is running a race of her own. she is beautiful and successful in her own right and believes in collaboration more than competition. More than anything she is a Queen who fixes others queens’ crowns.

House of Nzinga, the journey 

I became obsessed with reading blogs around 2012. A couple of years later, while going through some life-changing events, I decided that creating a blog will be an excellent outlet to express myself, reflect on some issues that affects me and possibly connect and network with other people.However, between contemplating the idea of blogging and really executing it, took me a couple of years!! First of all I couldn’t find a name and this was a serious issue for me! I have spent hours, months actually, brainstorming, jotting down, googling, looking out for a proper name for my blog and I couldn’t find one! I eventually came out with one, based on one of my favorite drinks and hosted it on Blogger, then Tumblr: ‘Passion-Fruit and Lemonade’; I then spend months trying  to figure out how to change designs, templates etc.. Every time I will get frustrated by a silly detail and abandon my project for months. Procrastination or perfectionism? I wonder ! I had an excuse though (which I think some of you will find it valid) at that time, I embarked on one the most important journey of a woman : motherhood. So being a new mom and all the dramas that comes with it took over my entire life and my ambition of becoming an “award-winning-blogger-entrepreneur-influencer-insert all the fancy buzzwords en vogue slashes here”.

What’s behind a name? About Queen Nzinga

Eventually this year (2016), while working on some personal and professional projects, and doing some deep soul-searching, the need of a creative outlet grew stronger and the name came naturally. Actually, it just popped in my head one day, my blog will be my digital house…  a platform where I will share what I’m passionate about and connect with like minded women, there it is.…House of Nzinga, inspired by my middle name ‘Muzinga and by the fierce and powerful African Queen Nzinga !

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Mbande Nzinga was a powerful queen who lived between the end of the 16th century and through the middle of 17th   century (1583-1663). She reigned over a kingdom in Central Africa which is now known as modern day Angola.  Queen Nzinga is hailed as one of the greatest women rulers in Africa.  A visionary leader, a skilled diplomat and an astute politician she fought against the slave trade and European influences. Under her leadership, Angola resisted Portuguese colonization for about 30 years! She fought for a free Angola up until her death at age 82.

NB: Many names finishing in -Zinga/Jinga suffixes such as Muzinga, Mujinga, Zhinga, Jinga, are names of the same origin, in some part of central Africa at least,  and it means ‘born with the umbilical cord around your neck’ (I was born that way  and I read somewhere she was too , there goes our royal connections !!).

Ok there you go, now you know a little bit more about what I want to achieve with this blog, the meaning of its name and my (almost non-existent) blogging journey.