Lupita Nyong’o joins All-Women African Army In New Documentary

Academy award winner Lupita Nyong’o is set to feature in a documentary on real-life unsung stories of African women warriors.

The project—titled ‘Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o’—will be featured on Channel 4, in the UK broadcast network.

The documentary is set to uncover the history behind a group called Agoji; an army of 4,000 women who battled against Europeans and Africans in the Kingdom of Dahomey between the 17th and 19th centuries. Nyong’o will journey through Benin to explore the army’s legacy.

The combination of Lupita Nyong’o s passion for telling black stories and the unique theme of the documentary is sure to ignite worldwide interest in the upcoming documentary.

The Agojie women, according to historical data, were recruited by their kings across three centuries and fought in huge numbers in highly-trained battalions,” said Bettany Hughes who serves as Creative Director at SandStone Global; the company producing the documentary.

“Women have frequently been written out of history, and powerful women fetishized – this is a case in point.
Lupita Nyong’o will ask searing questions about power play in history and who tells whose story.”

The Agoji army served as inspiration for the all-women army in Black Panther.

 Image credit: Forbes
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