Amina was born around 1533 in Zaria. Amina, also referred to as the warrior queen, expanded the territory of the Hausa people to its largest borders in history. Amina had great military skills and was very intelligent. Leading her vast army to many victories, thanks to great strategic planning and innovative new ideas. Her people were talented metal workers, so Amina introduced metal armour, including iron helmets and chainmail to protect them in battle.