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The Mighty Dahomey Amazon Warriors

Updated: Feb 17, 2023



Dahomey Warrior Women

The Dahomey Amazons were an elite female fighting force of the Kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa (modern day Benin), active between the 17th and 19th centuries. They were the only ALL female military regiment documented in modern history.





The N'Nonmiton

This all-female unit was renowned for their skill, courage and ferocity in battle, and are the only documented female troops to serve in a frontline role in modern warfare. The N'Nonmiton, as they called themselves, were sworn in as virgins and tasked with protecting the King on the battlefield.

They were renowned for their swift decapitation of enemies and were feared by their European colonizers. The Dahomey Amazons remain an iconic example of female bravery and strength in warfare, and a source of pride for their descendants.


Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh - Warrior Princess


Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh (meaning, “God Speaks true”) was a warrior and the leader of the Dahomey Amazons. As a child Seh-Dong exhibited great strength and was selected to train as a warrior. After a quick rise in the ranks she became leader of the all female army - she was only 15!

In 1851, she led the army of 6,000 female warriors to war against the Egba fortress of Abeokuta. She successfully defeated the Egba fortress and returned with the head it's leader who refused to bow down and surrender as a slave to a female warrior.


At the command of the King of Dahomey, Seh-Dong, lead raids to obtain slaves for the Dahomey Slave Trade.

Seh-Dong led 2,000 warriors to war against the French colonists over trading rights in 1882, forcing the French retreat.

There is no confirmed account of how or when Seh-Dong died but her bravery and strength is one to be documented in history.



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