Here is a detail from Jamaica’s $500 dollar bill featuring Nanny of the Maroons, also known as Queen Nanny. BBC Africa recently featured “Queen Nanny: Jamaica’s female hero.” I have shared this short video (1:47 minutes) with some of my friends for a possible “teaching moment.” This video is part of a new eight-part series, African Women who changed the World. The series—produced and edited by Kat Hawkins—includes beautiful illustrations by George Wafula.
Description: Queen Nanny is said to have been a leader of the Maroons, a community that had escaped slavery in Jamaica in the 18th Century. Little about her life is historically-confirmed, but she is thought to have led the Maroons to victory against British colonisers.
Queen Nanny is the next of a new eight-part series, African Women who Changed the World, which aims to shed light on great African women whose stories deserve to be heard.
This BBC Africa series has been produced using historical and iconographic research, but includes artistic interpretation.
Illustrations: George Wafula
Producer and editor: Kat Hawkins