Gianna Watson as Princess Yennenga
Gianna Watson as Princess Yennenga

“Yennenga, tree from which the Mossi people grew” Yennenga was the daughter of Madega the legendary 12th century ruler of the kingdom of Dagbon in what is now northern Ghana. A powerful warrior in her own right, Yennenga lead soldiers into battle at the age of only 14. Matchless with the bow and spear, she was a legendary horsewoman who won many battles in her father’s name. When she came of age and expressed the desire to marry,  her father refused. In protest, she planted and entire crop of Okra and let it rot in the field to show how she felt her life was withering away and her time to start her own family was passing her by. Her father was unmoved, so she escaped her father’s compound disguised as a man. Upon leaving her father’s kingdom she met a young Malinke prince and elephant hunter named Riale. They fell in love and had a son Ouedraogo, who became the first Mogho Naba (king) of the Mossi empire. Though Ouedraogo was the their first king the Mossi credit Yennenga as the founder of their nation and the royal horseman of Mossiland, to this day still carry her legacy forward.   

Gianna Watson as Princess Yennenga
Gianna Watson as Princess Yennenga
Yennenga Close-up (Batakari)
Yennenga Close-up (Batakari)
Yennenga Close-up (Okra and Horse)
Yennenga Close-up (Okra and Horse)
Jordan Weaving
Jordan Weaving
Stephen Weaving
Stephen Weaving
Tatiana Weaving
Tatiana Weaving
Tatiana Weaving
Tatiana Weaving
Rashad spooling yarn
Rashad spooling yarn
Tony spinning raffia
Tony spinning raffia
Adriana Stitching Cloth
Adriana Stitching Cloth
Dyeing yarn in Guinea Corn leaves
Dyeing yarn in Guinea Corn leaves
Dyed Yarn
Dyed Yarn
Dyed Yarn
Dyed Yarn
Gianna Watson as Princess Yennenga
Gianna Watson as Princess Yennenga
Yennenga Close-up (Batakari)
Yennenga Close-up (Okra and Horse)
Jordan Weaving
Stephen Weaving
Tatiana Weaving
Tatiana Weaving
Rashad spooling yarn
Tony spinning raffia
Adriana Stitching Cloth
Dyeing yarn in Guinea Corn leaves
Dyed Yarn
Dyed Yarn
Gianna Watson as Princess Yennenga

“Yennenga, tree from which the Mossi people grew” Yennenga was the daughter of Madega the legendary 12th century ruler of the kingdom of Dagbon in what is now northern Ghana. A powerful warrior in her own right, Yennenga lead soldiers into battle at the age of only 14. Matchless with the bow and spear, she was a legendary horsewoman who won many battles in her father’s name. When she came of age and expressed the desire to marry,  her father refused. In protest, she planted and entire crop of Okra and let it rot in the field to show how she felt her life was withering away and her time to start her own family was passing her by. Her father was unmoved, so she escaped her father’s compound disguised as a man. Upon leaving her father’s kingdom she met a young Malinke prince and elephant hunter named Riale. They fell in love and had a son Ouedraogo, who became the first Mogho Naba (king) of the Mossi empire. Though Ouedraogo was the their first king the Mossi credit Yennenga as the founder of their nation and the royal horseman of Mossiland, to this day still carry her legacy forward.   

Gianna Watson as Princess Yennenga
Yennenga Close-up (Batakari)
Yennenga Close-up (Okra and Horse)
Jordan Weaving
Stephen Weaving
Tatiana Weaving
Tatiana Weaving
Rashad spooling yarn
Tony spinning raffia
Adriana Stitching Cloth
Dyeing yarn in Guinea Corn leaves
Dyed Yarn
Dyed Yarn
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