The profusion of black stories in entertainment continues in due time courtesy of the folks over at EbonyLife Ltd. and their proud partnership being announced on Thursday with Sony Pictures television. Official press announcements from the Nigeria-based premiere global premium African TV network and produciton banner are confirming a first-of-a-kind partnership for three new TV projects to be allocated internationally, and the first one in order will be a female-centric action drama series based on true events surrounding the battles that occurred in the West African Kingdom of Dahomey during the 19th century.
The action-packed series will focus its narrative on the empowering stories of the all-female warriors and their show of ultimate strength and unity in their fight to protect and honour their people. The project comes in the wake of the exemplary successes seen in Disney’s Marvel release, Black Panther from director Ryan Coogler, as well as the upcoming feature film, The Woman King, also based on the Dahomey Warriors which currently has Lupita Nyongo and Viola Davis set to star for TriStar Pictures, making EbonyLife Ltd.’s all the more opportune to hone in on the market for a similar show of support.
Casting remains pending while Sony Pictures Television sets course to distribute the show internationally.
Mo Abudu, Chief Executive Officer, EbonyLife Ltd said: “Ever since our launch in June 2013, our vision has always been to change the narrative about Africa and to tell our stories from our perspective. We have invested in the creation of quality programming and the development of our people and their ideas. It is this ethos that has given us the opportunity to partner with a world-class organisation like Sony Pictures Television. 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’.’’
Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television said, “Mo Abudu is one of the most formidable and creative figures in Nigerian television, and with EbonyLife her and the team are creating something that is truly ground-breaking and extraordinary. Our aim is to help EbonyLife create a portfolio of African content that will fulfil their aim of being one of Africa’s prime creators of premium content.”