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Ahosi or Mino (Dahomey Amazons) A Fearless Black Female Warrior


The Dahomey Amazons or Mino was an all-female military regiment of the Fon individuals of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the present-day Republic of Benin. They existed from the seventeenth century as far as possible of the nineteenth century. European stories allude to the ladies warriors as “Amazons,” as a result of their likeness to semi-legendary. Amazons of antiquated Anatolia, they called themselves Ahosi (lord’s spouses) or Mino (our moms) in the Fon language.

The Ahosi incredibly all around prepared, and instilled with an extremely forceful demeanour. They were brutal warriors with a notoriety for beheading fighters in a fight. Just as the individuals who were shocked to turn into their hostages.

Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh was one of the extraordinary pioneers of the Mino. In 1851 she drove a multitude of 6,000 ladies against the Egba fortification of Abeokuta. Since the Mino was outfitted with lances, bows and swords while the Egba had European guns, just around 1,200 endure the all-encompassing fight.

European infringement into West Africa picked up pace during the last 50% of the nineteenth century. In 1890, Lord Behanzin utilized his Mino contenders nearby the male warriors to fight the French powers during the Main Franco-Dahomean War. The French armed force lost a few fights to them in light of the female warriors’ aptitude in battle.