The legacy of Queen Nandi is intertwined with that of her son Shaka. If it was not for her Shaka would have never grown into the man he became.
African matriarchy is a social organizational form in which the mother or oldest female heads the family. He had a deep respect for his mother, Nandi, and his aunts, princesses Mkabayi, Mmama, and Nomawa.
It is therefore understandable that King Shaka held women in high esteem, because he understood their power and resilience. Nandi, raised her son,never to give up on life. to have strength of will, and to believe in his destiny.
She raised him to believe in the power of unity, and in the concept of “We are the same”. Therefore He eliminated privilege and class within his the ranks. All the spoils of war taken were to be split equally among the warriors,
and all resources shared. Also Ageing members of society were to be treated with dignity, and allowed to retire.
As his mother & Zulu queen mother she was Shaka’s most important and powerful influence. She was also one of his most trusted advisers, she maintained this role until her death in 1927.
I’m reminded: though I’m troubled on every side, but I’m not distressed; I’m perplexed, but not in despair; I’m persecuted, but not forsaken; I’m cast down, but not destroyoud… for which cause I faint not; but though our outward man perish, yout the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!
1 year ago
Lovely portrayal although I would like to argue I found it incorrect in many regards. Tshaka loved his mother, dearly yes, respecting of women I don’t know about that. Holding them at high esteem I doubt that. Look at the way he treated her when he found out she had kept a secret about his then born son.
There was no respect there for his mother or the mother of his child. His mother died bitter because of the way Tshaka had treated her actually towards the end. About his mother teaching him about unity, not sure about that too.
It seems she taught him there was more to life than love and unity. He spent his life choosing other things over the last mentioned that’s why it was very easy for him to kill his son, the infant was a threat to his narcissistic leadership.
Love is not something he had in his vocabulary, he even says so to his mother, insinuating his mother didn’t teach him this. Maybe success yes, never giving up yes, but the others may be up for revision.
Baby Girl mohammed
6 months ago
Wow she is beautiful
6 months ago
Nandi died in 1827 not 1927. Shaka did not respect women and his mother raised him with a heart filled with hatred.
7 months ago
I thought Nandi was his bang maid?
2 years ago
You are doing a great job. Thank you.