‘Who was…?’ a series that explores the African women who pop up in history yet remain mysterious.
The quote below this image says enough, “A warrior woman near Kambole insisted on fighting with the men”. Abeg, what’s her story?
Image source, USC Libraries Digital Collection via Tumblr
I did a quick search and it seems there’s a Kambolé in modern-day Togo. However, according to the image source, this photo is part of an album entitled, “Scenes of daily life of natives and a foreign missionary in Malawi”. As a result of the search, I came across several people with the name “Kambole”.
Before I get distracted, back to the topic of this warrior woman. If you’re like me, you’re wondering how many asses she kicked. Why did she have to insist on fighting with men? Was it that they didn’t welcome her when she wanted to fight initially? Did she go to wars/raids/campaigns? We’ll probably never know.