Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Lupita Nyong’o to Retrace History of Forgotten Female Army ‘Amazons’ in New Documentary

*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.’

Per Deadline:

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.”

It was previously reported that Lupita and Viola Davis signed on to star as mother and daughter warriors in 19th century West Africa in “The Woman King.”
Based on true events, “the story takes place in the Kingdom of Dahomey (located in the present-day Republic of Benin) and follows Nanisca — the general of the Amazons, the nation’s deadly, all-female military unit — and her warrior daughter as they fight side-by-side to defend their nation from French invaders,” per Yahoo

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.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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