With all the hype and excitement of the Royal Wedding, many questions arose as to whether or not a black wedding would get the same kind of coverage and whether black women can ever expect to see a princess who looks like them being revered and admired the world over.
Though not always profiled, there are a plethora of beautiful black princesses in the world who are making their mark and paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps. They are actresses, mothers, philanthropists and so much more.
Here are five black princesses that you should know:
1. Princess Akosua Busia of the Royal Family of Wenchi, Ghana
Princess Akosua has blazed trails in the film industry starring in movies including Native Son, The Color Purple, Rosewood and Tears of the Sun. She was one of three co-writers for the screenplay adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, as well as co-writing a song with Stevie Wonder. Famed filmmaker John Singleton is her ex-husband.
2. Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya of Toro
Lawyer, diplomat, politician, and actress are all accomplishments that Princess Elizabeth has under her belt. She was the first female from East Africa to be admitted to the English Bar after studying at Cambridge. She then became Uganda’s first female lawyer as well as serving briefly as the Foreign Minister of Affairs under Idi Amin in 1974.
3. Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini of Swaziland
Princess Sikhanyiso is seen as a rebel in her native Swaziland, dressing in Western fashion trends and speaking out against polygamy which is a common custom there. She has been beaten and abused for her public statements going against the grain and at just 23, there is no telling what she will do next, but the world is definitely watching.
4. Princess Angela of Liechtenstein
Hailing from Panama, Princess Angela and her son, Prince Alfons are the highest ranked black members of any reigning dynasty in Europe. She is a fashionista at heart, having studied at Parsons School of Design, creating her own label and having worked at Adrienne Vittadini as its Fashion Director. Princess Angela also designed her own wedding dress and perhaps she might return to fashion design in the future.
5. Sarah Culberson, Princess of the Mende Tribe in Bumpe, Sierra Leone
Sarah Culberson was adopted and living with the only family she ever knew in West Virginia, but upon looking for her birth parents, she discovered that she was indeed a princess and was invited by her father to meet her family in Africa. She founded the Kposowa Foundation to help rebuild the school buildings of Bumpe High School which was destroyed in the country’s civil war. More information on her work is available at www.bumpenya.com.
What do you think of the women featured above? Do you feel that stories like theirs go unheard in the media? Do you think it would do black women a service to have more princesses like this profiled?