If you were inspired by the splendour of the Dora Milaje bodyguards in Black Panther, an exciting new series between Sony and EbonyLife TV is set to explore the lost stories about adventures and events of West African women warriors the, Dahomey Amazons.

Nigerian media personality and company CEO, Mo Abudu, calling in from Lagos, explained on CNN that they wanted to change the narrative of black women history that has never previously been talked about. “Six years ago, we said to ourselves that we wanted to start researching some incredible stories.”

Watch the interview with Mo Abudu on CNN below

I posted a few pictures earlier today on how my day started on CNN this morning with @ishasesaycnn on her show – I am pleased to share the video with you – #SwipeLeft to view the entire interview in 6 parts. (its in a carousel). Thank you again Isha, it is wonderful to be able to share our story on your platform. I cannot thank Sony Pictures enough for partnering with us on the development of The Dahomey Warriors – exciting times ahead – An incredible story of our Amazons from the 19th Century. They were FIERCE, BRAVE AND STRONG! Ladies, please share this with all the Strong, Brave and Beautiful women you know! Let's celebrate 💃🏽💃🏽 @sonypictures @tedabudu @cnn @falodunkunle @stephbusari @euniceomole @heidiwena @bellanaijaonline @pulsenigeria247 @onobello @mediaguide.ng @ynaija @360nobs @lindaikejiblog @olorisupergal

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Sony Pictures Television have paired up with EbonyLife, for a three-series deal, the first series of which will be an action-drama inspired by the Dahomey Warriors, the female fighters who came together to protect their kingdom.

The stories are based on the real-life stories of the Dahomey Warriors who were making their presence as early as the 17th century. Dahomey was a West African kingdom in what is now the Republic of Benin. It existed between 1600 and 1894 before being defeated by the French and becoming a French kingdom.

More than a little in common: (left) Dora Milaje (credit Marvel Cinematic Universe) and (right) the Dahomey Amazons
More than a little in common: (left) Dora Milaje (credit Marvel Cinematic Universe) and (right) the Dahomey Amazons

Although the pictures will be fictional, all the events are inspired by real life stories that actually took place in the West African kingdom of Dahomey. They were a group of female elephant hunters who lasted up until the end of the 19th century, the last surviving woman of the group is said to have died in 1979.

Mo said: “Now we have the opportunity to bring the fascinating story of the Dahomey Warriors, and many others like it, to audiences around the world. It has been hard work getting here, but that’s what we are known for at EbonyLife. As I always say, ‘If you can think it, you can do it.’’’

Mo Abudu (credit: Sony Pictures Television)
Mo Abudu – centre (credit: Sony Pictures Television)

With Black Panther having had such a positive reception earlier this year, we can’t wait to see how the Dahomey Warriors takes off.

Development of the series has started immediately, but no release date has yet been given.

 

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