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Lupita Nyong’o Readies Documentary About African Warrior Queens

Lupita Nyong’o Readies Documentary About African Warrior Queens


Lupita Nyong’o and and Viola Davis are set to celebrate the real lives of the Dahomey Amazons with a movie set for takeoff very soon.

This year, the former has prepared a documentary about the very same women to support the movie and its fascinating story.

Dahomey was a prominent and powerful African kingdom that existed between 1600 and 1894 and was elevated by a group of women named the Mino which simply means “our mothers.”

The all-female force was founded by King Houegbadja and is said to have been made up of foreign captives who were trained to protect the kingdom against the threat of rival groups and support its quest for power.

Lupita is now determined to tell their story.

Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor, Arts & Topical Specialist Factual Shaminder Nahal shares…

Lupita Nyong’o’s investigation into the real story of the all-female army is thrilling, haunting and emotional. It’s amazing the true story of these kick-ass female fighters isn’t more widely known–and in telling it, the film challenges dominant narratives about race, women and power. With some surprises along the way.

Its name? ‘Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o.’

SandStone Global’s Creative Director Bettany Hughes adds…

The Agojie women were recruited by their kings across three centuries and fought in huge numbers in highly-trained battalions. Women have frequently been written out of history, and powerful women fetishized–this is a case in point. Lupita Nyong’o asks searing questions about power play in history and who tells whose story.

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