In one Nigerian kingdom, only women may rule

04/9/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The only female ruler in Islamic northern Nigeria is Queen Hajiya Haidzatu Ahmed of the kingdom Kumbwada, where a curse supposedly strikes dead any man seeking the throne. "It's a women's affair," says the queen. "Women are the rulers and they rule as effectively as men, sometimes even better than men."

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