Last Days Of Queen Amina
The fall of the mighty Queen
By Davi’O R. Seki.
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The Last Days of Queen Amina by Davi’O R. Seki is an epic retell of the circumstances that surrounded the end of the reign of Queen Amina of Zauzzau, the 17th century warrior Queen. It is a work of fiction which employs various practices synonymous with Nigerian culture including use of charms in wars, fortune telling and existence of mermaids. It is, however, a work of fiction!
The story began with a celebration of victory after the conquest of Idah by the Zauzzau army and introduced two characters (Auta and Tanko) who were described as Queen Amina’s best friends. The story later introduced another character, Ojono, a young Idah man who the Queen fell in love with to the surprise of everyone who cared and her intent was to bring him to Zauzzau with her as her husband for life. Good for her, her friend, Tanko could speak Yoruba just like the man. The story introduced the character that plotted the end of Amina’s reign, a young girl whose groom was a victim of Amina’s tradition of killing her mates. This young maiden, named Aisha, who was saved by a river goddess after Amina commanded her soldiers to cast her into the river, now sought to destroy Amina.
The story teaches that little things we have left in the past with the belief that they don’t matter can come back to cause a mighty problem for us and anything great can be brought down by anything considered small.
The story began with a celebration of victory and ended with sadness and mourning by the same party that once celebrated, exposing that things can overturn and life can have unprecedented turns.