In the ancient world, Africa was home to some of the world’s best leaders. Among those leaders were queens that led their kingdoms with precision and power. Their leadership has left an indelible mark on history. Since many African communities are patriarchal, some feats accomplished by women tend to be lost in history.
This, however, does not mean that all women were forgotten. Many African empires and territories have been led and built by queens who took it upon themselves to protect their people, guide them to prosperity, and even lead them to victories in war. These women are revered until today and history has put them in their right place.
This project by photographer, Sipho Allen Zwane aims to revive those memories of all the Queens that once ruled and those who continue to rule in this era, such as the ‘Queen Modjadji’ or Rain Queens who are direct descendants of Queen Balobedu, hailing from South Africa’s northernmost province, Limpopo. The title of the project is strictly matrilineal and men aren’t given the opportunity to descend the throne, the crown is reserved for the eldest daughter.
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