Gloria MangiComment

5 real African Queens and Princess that will make great TV

Gloria MangiComment
5 real African Queens and Princess that will make great TV

By BY ELIZABETH OFOSUAH JOHNSON (FACE2FACEAFRICA)

Since its establishment, Disney has played a huge influence on the lives of many adults and children. With various heroic characters and adventures, the successful media house has established itself as the best animation producers of all time.

With its 11 fairy tale princesses, Disney has been able to inspire many girls teaching them that being beautiful doesn’t always do the trick. A girl needs to be smart, brave and willing to put her life on the line for people that she loves.

There’s a new princess in town from Disney, African Princess Sade will be the 12th Princess to join the castle. While this may be exciting news for Africans, young girls all over the world and lovers of Disney movies in general, it’s not too far-fetched to think of possible stories that can be adapted.

The new generation of Africa is all about telling the true African story and letting the world know that Africa was not just a vast land with huge trees and monkey-like people jumping from tree to tree before the coming of the Europeans.

There are many legends that existed in ancient Africa whose story needs to be heard by every African and people of the world in general. Among these legends exist princesses and queens who rose to defend their people and serve well. Yes, Disney is all about fairy tales but their princess Pocahontas was based on a real-life woman who once existed and Mulan is based on a warrior girl.

Here are five African queens and princesses whose interesting real-life stories will make exciting Disney or movie adaptations.

Since its establishment, Disney has played a huge influence on the lives of many adults and children. With various heroic characters and adventures, the successful media house has established itself as the best animation producers of all time.

With its 11 fairy tale princesses, Disney has been able to inspire many girls teaching them that being beautiful doesn’t always do the trick. A girl needs to be smart, brave and willing to put her life on the line for people that she loves.

There’s a new princess in town from Disney, African Princess Sade will be the 12th Princess to join the castle. While this may be exciting news for Africans, young girls all over the world and lovers of Disney movies in general, it’s not too far-fetched to think of possible stories that can be adapted.

The new generation of Africa is all about telling the true African story and letting the world know that Africa was not just a vast land with huge trees and monkey-like people jumping from tree to tree before the coming of the Europeans.

There are many legends that existed in ancient Africa whose story needs to be heard by every African and people of the world in general. Among these legends exist princesses and queens who rose to defend their people and serve well. Yes, Disney is all about fairy tales but their princess Pocahontas was based on a real-life woman who once existed and Mulan is based on a warrior girl.

Here are five African queens and princesses whose interesting real-life stories will make exciting Disney or movie adaptations.

 

1. Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh of the Dahomey Amazon

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Her name means God speaks True and as a little girl, a little over ten-years-old, she was chosen to be an Amazon warrior and later was appointed as a leader of the Dahomey amazon and led the all-female army to defeat the Egba people as at just 16. Seh-Dong -Hong-Beh was not only a young strong female warrior, she was also beautiful and there is a mysterious story that revolves around her death. It will not only be amazing to see this young warrior train with an all-female army, but it will also be exciting to watch her lead them into several wins, win the hearts of the people and the king and recruit the next brave warriors before mysteriously vanishing. Aside from Seh-Dong being the lead character, it will also be interesting to follow the set up of the Dahomey Amazon. This will be a compelling story and we already have an amazing soundtrack to it, Beyonce – Run the world!!!

2. Princess Yennenga

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Considered the mother of the Mossi, Yennenga fought against the Malinkes at the tender age of 14. She was a beautiful strong-willed princess who is believed to have lived for 0ver 900 years. In her life, Yennenga once dressed as a man to escape the Malinkes, her male horseman was killed and she was left to escape until her stallion led her into the forest while she was unconscious where she met an elephant hunter who she later fell in love with and had a child called Ouedraogo, the founder of the Mossi Kingdom. It will be an interesting watch to follow the life of this princess who was led into a forest where she found love. A love that birthed a great kingdom.

3. Queen Amina, warrior and queen of zaria

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Queen Amina was a warrior before being given the throne. She was the heir of the throne as the granddaughter of King Sarkin but refused royalty training and rather went through warrior training to become the greatest warrior of the Zazzau kingdom. She took over as queen when her mother died and ruled for 34 years spending the first three months of her royalty life as a warrior leading the army to defeat many enemies. The story of the naturally born bad-ass queen will be very exciting to watch.

4. Queen Nefertiti

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Unlike all the above-mentioned warrior princesses and queens, Nefertiti was the beautiful and soft-spoken woman who used love to end a war. She went against several odds to marry the Pharoah of the lower Egpyt, Pharoah Ramses II. The beautiful queen carries an err of mysteriousness about her that will make a very exciting magical and exciting fairy tale. There are no records of how she died but we know her story could be made more intriguing with a mysterious end that will fit the life of one of the most beautiful queens to ever live.

5.  Princess Aqualtune Ezgondidu Mahamud da silva santos of kongo

This prolific princess that once lived has somehow seen her life depicted alongside more popular queens and warriors from ancient Africa. Her life is still worth the notice and would make another great adaptation for motion pictures. Princess Mahamud was the daughter of an unknown King of Kongo. Kongo was located in modern-day northern Angola, the Republic of Congo, the western part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and southern Gabon. She led a 1000-man army into war against the Portuguese and was later captured into slavery and taken off to Brazil where she founded the Palmares or the Quilombo dos Palmares, a community in Alagoas comprised of runaway slaves. It will be interesting to follow the life of a princess turned warrior, slave and founder of a community in a land foreign to her. Her transition in life will be very relatable and exciting to watch with the adaptation of animation techniques such as more adventure and drama. It will also be interesting to capture a bit of slavery in a motion picture that will teach kids a lot about life before 2018.

We can’t hide our excitement about the release of the life of Princess Sade from Disney but we also couldn’t help throwing a few ideas out there for Disney or any interested movie production house to consider. After all, we have come to learn that one can never go wrong with a female character who is brave, beautiful and adventurous! Telling the African story is what we are really all about.

Gloria Mangi is an award winning, creative, journalist, activist and founder of the award winning African Queens Project and host of Queen Things Podcast.