After their incarnation, the Dora Milaje, visited the big screen, the Dahomey Amazons are now coming for your televisions in a new television series in the works. EbonyLife, a fairly new Nigerian television channel in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television.
EbonyLife recently revealed the developments on its website saying, "The action-packed series, inspired by true events that took place in the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, will tell the empowering story of the all-female Warriors and show the ultimate strength of women coming together, fighting to protect and honour their people. Development on the Dahomey Warriors project will start immediately..."
The Dahomey Warriors were an elite group of ferocious women first assembled to hunt elephants. For a group of elephant hunters, it was only a while before their utility as a military unit was discovered. However, it has been said that the army also had a macabre dimension as it was used as an enabler for slavery in the Benin area. One wonders whether this not so appealing angle will be shown in the series. If it is shown, just how much controversy will it cause? Interesting times lie ahead for the gender equality movement and the Black Lives Movement