Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba
Book information
Author Patricia C. McKissack
Series The Royal Diaries
Publishers Scholastic
Publication date September 1, 2000[1]
Pages 136
ISBN 9780439112109
Book in series 6
Preceded by Anastasia: The Last Grand
Followed by Kaiulani: The People's

Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba is a fictional diary written by Patricia C. McKissack. It was the sixth book in The Royal Diaries. The book was published in September 2000. It was also translated into French for the Mon Histoire series.


"To Onawumi Jean Moss"

Book descriptionEdit

"First Month of Mbangala:
The Season When the Grass is Burned

So here I am in the garden, writing... if these words have magic, then I will use them to plot and plan a way to drive the Portuguese from our land. And maybe one day my pages will tell others that I, Nzingha, First Daughter of Kiluanji, was Mbundu, one of a powerful people who are free and unafraid to fight for our beloved homeland of Ndongo in the Kwanza River Valley.
Later the same evening
My sisters have found me. Kifunji cannot resist teasing. She gives a big laugh. "Writing is good for you, sister. To see you sitting quietly is such a rare pleasure. Isn't it better than hurling a spear, or wrestling some boy to the ground?"... 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."

"Partage le journal de Nzingha et vis avec elle le destin d'une jeune princesse africaine.
Juillet 1595. Me voiei dans le jardin en train d'écrire dans la langue de notre pire ennemi. Si les mots ont un pouvoir magique, ils me serviront à prépater un plan pour chasser les Portugais de notre pays. Peut-être on jour, ces quelques pages apprendront elles à d'autres que moi, Nzingha, première fille du ngola Kiluanji, j'étais une Mbundue, de ce peuple libre et puissant qui n'eut paspeur de défendre notre bien-aimé pays Ndogo, dans la vallée du fleuve Cuanza.


Nzingha is the first daughter of Ngola Ndambi Kiluanji, ruler of the Mbundu people of Ndongo. Her mother Kenjela, the Ngola's second wife, secretly arranges for Nzingha and her sisters, Mukambu and Kifunji, to take lessons with Father Giovanni. Nzingha distrusts him for being Portuguese, since the Mbundu are currently at war with Portuguese invaders.


Main article: List of Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba characters


Main article: Patricia C. McKissack

Patricia C. McKissack (born August 9, 1944 in Smyrna, Tennessee) is an American children's writer. She is the author of three books in the Dear America series, including A Picture of Freedom, Color Me Dark, and Look to the Hills. Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba was her only entry in The Royal Diaries.



  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (2001)[3]


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