Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen is the first scholarly biography of this important 17th Century ruler.  On this website you can discover the book and the woman whose life it charts, find out how Njinga’s legacy continues today and learn more about its author, Professor Linda Heywood.heywood-book

“Queen Njinga of Angola has long been among the many heroes whom black diasporians have used to construct a pantheon and a usable past. Linda Heywood gives us a different Njinga–one brimming with all the qualities that made her the stuff of legend but also full of all the interests and inclinations that made her human. A thorough, serious, and long overdue study of a fascinating ruler, Njinga of Angola is an essential addition to the study of the black Atlantic world.”

 —Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me