Global streaming service Netflix has released the official trailer of their upcoming documentary series based on the most prominent African Queens.
Africans Queenscomes, executive producer by Jada Pinkett Smith and the global streaming service, bring to life the many female powerhouses that shaped post-colonial Africa.
Sharing her excitement, Smith said, “As the mother of a young Black woman, it is immensely important to me that she learns the lessons of the African Queens who paved the way for our success and the success of generations of Black women. I am very passionate and excited about bringing the stories and lessons of these powerful women to light to showcase their strength, leadership, and undeniable influence on history.”
Smith also shared that the show was picked up for two seasons and aimed to blend dramatization with factual recounts from historians over four, 45-minute episodes.
Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba became prominent during the 17th century when she ruled Angola and fought off Portuguese settlers. Unfortunately, some confusion circulates about the correct spelling of the late queen’s name, as different historians refer to her as Njinga, her native name was Ngola Njinga, or her Christian name, Ana de Sousa.
The show is written by Kenyan-born storyteller Peres Owino and British diplomat NneNne Iwuji and comes via Smith’s Westbrook Studios and independent film studio Nutopia.
The series premieres on 15 February, starting with Angola’s Queen Njinga.