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Queen Amina, ruler of Zazzau, a province of Nigeria now known as Zaria, was born around 1533 during the reign of Sarkin (King) Zaria Nohir

Zaria was one of a number of Hausa city-states which dominated the trans-Saharan trade after the collapse of the Songhai empire to the west.

Zaria’s wealth was due to the trade of leather, cloth, kola, salt, horses and imported metals.

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