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- "I am accused of being independent. It is true, I suppose, for I would rather be kept in an open basket than a lukata–a box."
Nzingha was born around 1582 to her parents, Ndambi Kiluanji and Kangela. Her father was the Ngola (ruler) of the Mbundu people of Ndongo. Nzingha's mother was a slave, before the Ngola married her and Kwumi at the same time. Kwumi gave birth to Mbandi two weeks after Nzingha's birth. Kangela later gave birth to Nzingha's sisters, Mukambu and Kifunji.
After Nzingha learned to walk, her mother brought her to Ajala, an oracle. Ajala informed her that Nzingha was destined to rule Ndongo. Kengela was skeptical at first, until a second reading gave the same results.
1595 – 1596Edit
In June 1595, Nzingha and her sisters began taking lessons from Father Giovanni in secret.
Personality and traitsEdit
Nzingha treasured knowledge after Ajala told her "zai–knowledge–is yours forever." Ajala taught Nzingha "about plants and herbs and the names of the ancestors." Nzingha's favorite lessons were with Njali, who taught her about weapons and fighting. She also attended lessons with Father Giovanni, despite seeing him as "the enemy." The priest taught her how to read and write in Portuguese.
|(1) Kwumi*||♛Ndambi Kiluanji|
♛ - Ngola of Ndongo (present-day Angola)
* - Kwumi and Azeze are fictional, the real names of Ndambi's first wife and Nzingha's husband are unknown.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Nzingha is the heroine of Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba by Patricia C. McKissack.
- The book's setting is the ancient African kingdom of Ndongo, now present-day Angola.
- Nzingha and Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile are the only books in The Royal Diaries that take place in Africa.
- ↑ Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Patricia C. McKissack, Epilogue, page 90
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Patricia C. McKissack, The Kiluanji Family Tree, pages 101-104
- ↑ Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Patricia C. McKissack, Historical Note, page 98
- ↑ Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Patricia C. McKissack, pages 3, 10
- ↑ Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Patricia C. McKissack, page 12