Niger Substates

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(Female Suffrage 1946) A former French Colony became an autonomous republic in the French community 1958 and independent 1960

Also see Niger Ministers


18 Queen Regnant (Askaya) Adama Yahimonzon of Kokoro
Succeded by Queen Regnant Kodyo
18 Queen (Askaya) Kodyo Yahimonzon of Kokoro
Her successor ruled until 1899.
Around 1898 Queen Sarraounia of Azna
She was ruler of a animist group of Eastern Hausa. While some kingdoms readily collaborated with the French in the hope of finally subduing her and her kingdom, and others capitulated without a fight, she mobilized her people and resources, military as well as magical, to confront the French force which launched a fierce attack on her fortress capital of Lougou. Overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the French, she and her fighters retreated tactically from the fortress, and engaged the attackers in a protracted guerrilla battle which eventually forced the French to abandon their project of subduing her. Sarraounia means queen or chiefess, and among the Azna people of Lougou and surrounding Hausa towns and villages, the term refers to a lineage of female rulers who exercised both political and religious power.


Last update 26.02.06