The mother of Angola 1583-1663
Here’s how the legend goes: the Portuguese had invaded the African nation of Ndongo (present-day Angola) and taken its king prisoner. The king’s sister, Nzinga, approached them for negotiations but when she arrived, they didn’t offer her a chair. Unperturbed, she ordered a servant to get on all fours and sat on their back, like a stool. After the meeting, she slit the servant’s throat in full view of everyone, declaring that “the queen of Ndongo does not use the same chair twice”. She then moved south, conquered a tribe of cannibals and waged war on the Portuguese for 35 years. While some details of her story are definitely sketchy – she almost certainly didn’t slit anyone’s throat – it’s a testament to her formidable reputation that those are the rumours that got spread about her. After decades of her waging economic and military war against them, the Portuguese eventually negotiated a peace treaty. There are statues of her all over Angola to this day.
“she did what any good mother would do – she deposed him and took the reins herself”
In reality, she probably sat on a female servant