Queen Nzinga (1583-1663) In the sixteenth century, the Portugese position in the slave trade was threatened by England and France. As a result, the Portugese shifted their slave-trading activities to the Congo and South West Africa. Here, the Portugese encountered the brilliant and courageous Queen Nzinga, who was determined never to accept the Portugese conquest of her country. An exceptional stateswoman and military strategist, she harassed the Portugese until her death, at age eighty.
"Queen Sophia Charlotte was queen consort of the United Kingdom and wife to King George III of Britain. She is a direct descendant of the Sousa family, a black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. Her appearance was black, with full lips and distinct facial features. Artists of the 18th century were asked to tone down “extreme” features of their subjects, but Sir Allan Ramsay, an anti-slavery artist, always painted Queen Charlotte in her actual appearance."
YOUNGEST RULING MONARCH IN WORLD - When a 3 and-a-half-year-old King ascended the royal dais to become the undisputed titular head of the 180-year Toro Kingdom, those who witnessed the occasion couldn't help but marvel at the extent to which culture can go. King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, to give him his full title, has since his enthronement entered the Guinness Book of records as the youngest reigning king in the world.