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Njinga, Queen of Angola

Njinga, Queen of Angola

In the 17th century a warrior queen fights for the independence of Angola. After witnessing the murder of her son and watching her people being humiliated by Portuguese colonizers, Njinga will become a Queen and struggle for their liberation embodying the motto: those who stay fight to win.

Our story begins in 1617, year of the death of Njinga's father, king Kilwanji. He was a fierce fighter against the Portuguese, and their onslaught against the Ndongo, designed to capture slaves for sugar cane plantations in Brazil. His passing was to bring the succession issue to the fore. The board of makotas, responsible for choosing the future king, is torn between three choices: Nguri, a child and son of the king's wife, and two children of a slave, Mbandi and Njinga, the sovereign's favorite.

As the board withers, the ambitious Mbandi imposes his will and usurps power. Following his enthronement, and at the prodding of his principal advisor, or manilungo, Njinga's son, Kanjila, and all the kings' opponents are murdered, to minimize threats to his power. Njinga retreats to the Quindonga Islands, with her two sisters, her advisor Njali, and her entourage. 

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