Hail, Peace, and Praises to all,
I am an artist/storyteller-and have been so my whole life. I have always believed in the power of the story (true or untrue), but this power is lost if the story is lost.
One of the stories that I cannot seem to find is Uganda's Queen Kitami a.k.a Nyabinghi/Nyabingi. My latest passion is to uncover as much of her original story that I can find so that I can share it with those who don't know.
I have found plenty of references to her influences, priestesses, Other historical women that have had her title bestowed upon them. But on Queen Kitami herself I can only find the vaguest of references.
So far these are the only markers of her story I have found:
Posessed a sacred drum
Lead a revolt of her ppl (women) against slavers
A reference to her seeking vengence for her husband and sons
made a goddess?
As I said previously, Im aware of her historical influence since then-including otherFemale leaders given her name and title. And titles that she was given (Priestess, Queen, Goddess, Lioness). What I seek is her original story. Therein lies her power.
I can take what I got and make something up but I am a truth seeker-and truth teller. I want to find her.
Can anybody help me? If you cannot tell me her story, please light the path I need to find it.
Meanwhile, this is indicitive of an ongoing problem within our people. I could sit here and recite the original greek/roman story or history behind almost any aspect one would like to bring up. But beyond a few Egyptian histories vaugly scattered I couldnt tell you much from Africa. I absorb almost anything I can get my hands on and discover about this entire world. And yet even as a child I noticed that our history is obscurred, hidden, twisted, of just completely forgotten.
We dont have time to fiqure out why or blame others-NOW what we need to do is rediscover our history and spread it. To EVERYONE! Black, white, polka-dot, whatever. To keep it alive for everyone.
Thats why I wont give up until I find Queen Kitami's story (and any other ones I can find) and retell it to ALL who will listen. Even if Im the onlyone to climb the mountain top I will scream the knowledge I find to all-so anyone and everyone can find their way up too.
Thank you so much for your help.