5 Black Princesses That You Should Know - Coco & Creme

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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?

-Faith Cummings

  • Lo

    I was totally swept away by the royal wedding, it was so beautiful!!! I was kinda surprised by how excited I was since I am African American and it’s great to hear about other Black royalty. However, I don’t think that any other royal wedding, except Prince Harry’s, would ever garner as much media attention. This is one of the only royal families that most of the world knows by name and face-not to mention their considerable sphere of influence.

  • http://afrolostasandthecity.blogspot.com Vonmiwi

    Please add Princess Esther Kamatari of Burundi who became one of the first African top models in France to the list. There are several black women who are also married to European barons who aren’t shown in the American media.

  • Chelsea-Lyn Rudder

    I would love to hear more about Princess Angela. I read the British tabloids and fashion magazines, am surprised I have not heard about her before.

  • Nadell

    Mmmmm, not to be a downer but you probably won’t be hearing about her. Though this is 2011 and clearly not 1201, the fact that she’s a woman of African descent and married to a white Prince…..this is so taboo in society’s books. But if it were the other way around, we would hear about it constantly.

  • Rebecca

    I can’t WAIT to discuss these Princesses with my daughter, age 6. She will love to see these women and it will give her Princesses to look up to that look like her!!!

  • Ka Nesi Amsu

    sounds like you are justifying the wrong in her marrying a god damn white man, go head and show you daughters tthis shit…

  • http://www.youtube.com/curlychronicles curlychronicles

    She’s not justifying anything, she’s informing us of why this probably won’t get news coverage. Justifying it would have been “I don’t think she should get any coverage because she married a white man.” It’s not the same thing. Stop looking for a reason to be negative.

  • binks

    Great post, because I swear a lot of people think royalty and being black is an anonymity that doesn’t exist. So yes, their stories do go untold and doesn’t get coverage at all. Yes, the British royals get coverage more so because they are seem more like celebrities to me but it is good to hear about other royals too.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya of Toro was also a successful model. I remember reading something about her a few years ago in a list of blk models from “back in the day”.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    What do you think of the women featured above? Do you feel that stories like theirs go unheard in the media?

    Yes & thank you for posting about them.

    Do you think it would do black women a service to have more princesses like this profiled

    yes, I think it would be good for young blk girls to see that their is more to being a blk woman than nikki manage, a contestant on the Maury show,nene leakes or superhead.

    Young blk girls are seriously lacking rolemodels in popular culture or even within African-american culture.
    I have no idea how we managed to regress to what we have today. We have the Claire Huxtable and Diahann Carroll doing it up. Thank good for youtube and my mom pointing me in the right direction or I would be lost.

  • thelivingpoet

    everytime i see princess akusoa i think of that scene in the color purple when mister kicked her out of house and and here and celie were playing ” me and you us never part.” while crying.

  • http://malaentuvida.tumblr.com la mala

    from doing some research it also seems that neither she nor her husband desire to be in the media any more than is necessary. that is, if it’s ever necessary.

  • RideBlackCowboyBrett1953

    As far as these “black princesses” are concerned,OF COURSE they’d interest me-IF THEY’RE
    BUXOM LASSES!!!!-bra size,34C-42D,ladies!!!(“sraight black laddie,”remember!!!)

  • twbRQUE

    All of these princesses are positive people in their own right,and most of these white european princesses are club hopping,getting drunk in public,and are all day shopalcoholics.And you ask why we don’t hear about positive black princesses.

  • http://urban-society.de alexander

    Right so for a straight black dude you sure needed to proclaim your ‘straightness’ on a primarily woman’s website?

    Keep riding the black cowboy Brett.

  • Roxii

    Thank you, that is well said…

  • Roxii

    Stop concentrating on what color his skin is, and instead ponder on whether he treats her right… That is all that matters…

  • Nadell

    Thaaaank you, ma’am!

  • http://ashleyscwalls.wordpress.com Ashley S.C. Walls

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING! I feel more enlightened and empowered by the knowledge in this post!

  • Noiret Beau

    I think little black girls need to know and see that there is a black princess in the world and how she carries herself. And that being a “young lady” of class can take them anywhere. Not a hip hop video. (no offense, as I like some hip-hop).

  • Milore

    Actually the princess prefers NOT to be in the media. The little bit I have read of her supports that (and she was quoted as saying just that). See may be of black/African descent, but she owes us nothing. She owes it to herself to live her life as she chooses and to be happy.

  • Milore

    And now, Black Cowboy, you know why a lot black women are widening their horizons on the dating front. Thanks for making it so clear.

  • Milore

    Princess Akosua Busia is not a princess. Her father is a prince but her tribe traces royalty from the maternal not the paternal line.

  • intheknow

    I think it is great for people of all races, especially minority ones to have good role models.

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