*Lupita Nyong’o is going to take us on a historical journey into a forgotten female army in a documentary for British broadcaster Channel 4.
“Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o (w/t), will see the actress journey across Benin, West Africa to uncover the ‘Agoji’ – or as Europeans called them, the ‘Amazons.’
These armies, of up to 4,000 women, fought African and European powers from the 17th to the 19th centuries in the Kingdom of Dahomey, not too dissimilar to Marvel’s Black Panther story.
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Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor Shaminder Nahal said, “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.”
SandStone Global Productions, the company financing the project said in a statement: “This was a unique opportunity to combine Lupita Nyong’o s passion and forensic interest in the power and origin of stories with grassroots research in Benin. 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.”
In related news, the long-awaited on-screen adaptation of Chimamanda’s bestseller, “Americanah,” is coming to HBO as a ten-episode series starring Lupita and directed by Danai Gurira.