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5 lessons from my blogging struggles (Fall seven times, get up eight !)

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If you’ve ever stopped on my blog, you might have read that few years ago, I was in a stage in my life where I needed an outlet to express myself, reflect on some issues that affects me and possibly connect and network with other people. And that it really took me few years to execute my vision. However, despite my strong passion for blogging and sharing ideas with the world, last year I realized how difficult it is to stay committed and put out consistently content. I can’t believe my last post here was in March. A whole full year. Where did the time go?

So, here are 5 lessons I have learned over the past year:

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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.

Let’s get social, let’s connect!

Website:    http://houseofnzinga.com/

Facebook page : https://web.facebook.com/houseofnzinga/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/fabulous_trysh/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/house_of_Nzinga/  (official blog page)

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/houseofnzinga

Portfolio : linktr.ee/PatriciaYumbaM

 

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

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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.

Let’s get social, let’s connect!

Website:    http://houseofnzinga.com/

Facebook page : https://web.facebook.com/houseofnzinga/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/fabulous_trysh/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/house_of_Nzinga/  (official blog page)

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/houseofnzinga

Portfolio : linktr.ee/PatriciaYumbaM

 

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

Let’s get social, let’s connect!

Website:    http://houseofnzinga.com/

Facebook page : https://web.facebook.com/houseofnzinga/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/fabulous_trysh/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/house_of_Nzinga/  (official blog page)

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/houseofnzinga

Portfolio : linktr.ee/PatriciaYumbaM

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