Nanny of the Maroons

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Also known as Granny Nanny, Grandy Nanny and Queen Nanny, she was a Maroon leader in the early 18th century. Nanny was born circa 1680 in Africa’s Gold Coast, now Ghana, and was part of the Ashanti tribe. Many believed she had ‘supernatural powers’ and practiced Obeah. The Maroons, and the British, saw her as a fearsome leader who encouraged her people to resist slavery and embrace their traditions and culture. She likely died around 1750. On March 31, 1982 Nanny was bestowed the Order of National Hero with the title the Right Excellent Nanny of the Maroons. She is Jamaica’s only female national heroine and remains a symbol of power and resistance.

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