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Author Achebe, Nwando, 1970- author.

Title Female monarchs and merchant queens in Africa / Nwando Achebe

Publication Info. Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2020]

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Description 1 online resource (224 pages) : illustrations
Series Ohio short histories of Africa
Ohio short histories of Africa.
Summary An unapologetically African-centered monograph that reveals physical and spiritual forms and systems of female power and leadership in African cultures. Nwando Achebe's unparalleled study documents elite females, female principles, and female spiritual entities across the African continent, from the ancient past to the present. Achebe breaks from Western perspectives, research methods, and their consequently incomplete, skewed accounts, to demonstrate the critical importance of distinctly African source materials and world views to any comprehensible African history. This means accounting for the two realities of African cosmology: the physical world of humans and the invisible realm of spiritual gods and forces. That interconnected universe allows biological men and women to become female-gendered males and male-gendered females. This phenomenon empowers the existence of particular African beings, such as female husbands, male priestesses, female kings, and female pharaohs. Achebe portrays their combined power, influence, and authority in a sweeping, African-centric narrative that leads to an analogous consideration of contemporary African women as heads of state, government officials, religious leaders, and prominent entrepreneurs
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Spiritual monarchs : god, goddesses, spirit mediums, and rain queens -- Queens, queen mothers, princesses, and daughters -- Merchant queens -- Female headmen, kings, and paramount chiefs -- African women today.
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Subject Women -- Africa -- Social conditions.
Women heads of state -- Africa.
Queens -- Africa.
Women civic leaders -- Africa.
Goddesses, African.
Power (Social sciences) -- Africa.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Achebe, Nwando, 1970- Female monarchs and merchant queens in Africa. Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2020] 9780821424070 (DLC) 2020002540 (OCoLC)1126808234
ISBN 9780821440803 (electronic bk.)
0821440802 (electronic bk.)
9780821424070 (paperback)
0821424076 (paperback)