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Queen Amina: Soldier on Horseback

Kola King

ISBN: 9781990985072

Publication Date: Jan 2021

Pages: 220

Format: Paperback


This novel, set in a fictional ancient kingdom in West Africa, explores intrigue and power struggles among royals. Kingmakers pronounce Amina as the Queen of Zamanda. Her choice goes against the grain of societal norms. There’s obvious conflict between opposing forces standing for tradition and religion. Then Amina flees into exile as Princes threaten to kill her. Now Prince Daud takes the throne by force of arms. Daud’s reign is bloody and brutal. Later Daud dies in battle.

Thereafter Amina is crowned as the Queen. Once she ascends the throne she goes about righting the wrongs of the past. Amina is a force for change. This tale highlights selfless and enlightened leadership against the backdrop of a leadership that is greedy and rapacious. It is an aggregation of basic human experience ranging from patience, perseverance, courage, loyalty, despair, and loss.

Kola King is a journalist and novelist. He worked for over two decades as a reporter, correspondent and editor in major national newspapers in Nigeria. He’s currently Managing Editor, Nigeria Now, a public policy magazine based in Abuja. He is also Country Director, Africa Institute For International Reporting (AIIR); Consultant, Public Review Newspaper, Freetown, Sierra-Leone. His debut novel 'A Place in the Sun' was published and released in May 2016 by Verity Publishers, South Africa. His writings have appeared in some literary journals including The Kalahari Review, The Missing Slate Literary and Arts Journal, Litro, Ovi Magazine, Finland, The New Black Magazine and The African Paper. He earned a degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos.