Queen Amina’s marriages were like no other. Other women would be chosen as bride, but she chose her own groom. The same night of her victory celebration was her fatihah and she was only prepared by the women to respect culture, but no kunshi observed and no sadaki paid. It was all walimah, no bride price to be paid on her head and no other rites to be observed. She was in her 60s, but still looked very much sound and attractive. The lalli beautifully designed on her hands and feet were designs of swords, knifes, spears, arrows and caricature of horses and soldiers. The women who prepared her were perfect in it already, as those designs were the only ones she asked for every time she was to be prepared for her wedding.
The celebration was wild as the mass wedding was observed and at the end of it, the Queen was escorted to her chambers where they made her new groom to wait.
Everyone departed to their various tents in groups. Those who had just married took their brides to consummate their marriage.
To be continued…