How many ways are there to say no? Nah. Nope. Not gonna happen. Not today. Miss with that bullsh*t. GTFOH. Imbi.
To celebrate Black and Woman's History months, I'm paying tribute to some amazing women who brought change for their people by standing up in the face of oppression and saying NO.
The first is Empress Taytu, the wife of Emperor Menelik, who was integral in defending Ethiopia's freedom. When the Italians tried to colonize Ethiopia in 1896, she was steadfast in her treatment of the unwanted trespassors. When she saw through their lame attempt at altering the text of the Amharic vs Italian versions of their treaty, she channeled her inner Wakanda spirit by tearing that sh*t up and throwing it back in their faces (#facts
😆). Upon sending her troops to war, she cared and cooked for them when she wasn't fighting alongside them in the fields. Eventually, with Taytu at the forefront, they defeated the Italians, confiscated their horses and their shoes, then sent them on their way back home, by foot. 🔥
Sidenote: I too am a woman, and I do not like war. And I didn't like having to draw those guns in that battle scene. Even though they're a small detail in the overall drawing, I still felt overwhelmed by thinking of the mass destruction they cause. This is a personal issue for me for sure, as my family was shot at in our home by the Derg years ago and were obviously devastated by that. So drawing those guns in the context of Ethiopian history was especially tough knowing that eventually, someone else would be holding them pointed at you.😢 😢
But, in this case, war is war, and defense is defense, so...👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾 Here's to resistance and survival, and fighting for an honorable tmrw. 🌈