African Studies Review
Women -- Africa -- Social conditions, Queens -- Africa, Women heads of state -- Africa, Power (Social sciences), African Goddesses
Book review excerpt:
Have you ever heard of small but mighty? Female Monarchs aptly fits that description. Traveling through time and across the African continent in a roughly chronological order, Nwando Achebe uses a slew of case studies to (re)frame and (re)tell the African-gendered narrative in solidly African-centered and gendered terms. Breaking from Western perspectives and relying on distinctly African-derived sources and methods, she weaves together the worlds and experiences of African females who occupied positions of power, authority, and influence. In Female Monarchs, the author not only restores voice and dignity to a people but also places elite African women at the center of ancient and contemporary history.
© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the African Studies Association
Alozie, B. Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa by Nwando Achebe in African Studies Review in African Studies Review 64, 2 (October 2021), E1-E3. https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2021.31