Netflix Unveils New Documentary “African Queens: Njinga”
Netflix has released the official trailer and release date for its upcoming documentary series based on Africa’s most famous queens.
From executive producer Jada Pinkett Smith and the Universal Broadcasting Service, the documentary series titled “African Queens,” brings to life the many female forces that shaped post-colonial Africa.
According to Netflix, The series will premiere on February 15 with Queen Njinga of Angola as its first focus.
The series was originally announced last summer, and Smith shared her excitement in a statement, saying, “As the mother of a young black woman, it is very important to me that you learn lessons from the African queens who paved the way for our success.
“I’m thrilled to be Highlighting the stories and lessons of these powerful women to demonstrate their strength, leadership and undeniable influence on history,” she added.
The show was taped for two seasons and aims to bring drama and factual narratives from historians in four 45-minute episodes.
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Queen Njinga emerged from Ndongo and Matamba in the 17th century, when she ruled Angola and fought against Portuguese settlers.
Some confusion surrounds the correct spelling of the late Queen’s name, as several historians refer to her as Njinga, her original name being Ngola Njinga or her birth name Ana de Sousa.
Created by Kenyan-born storyteller Peris Owino and British diplomat Nene Iwoji, the show comes via Smith Westbrook Studios and independent film studio Notopia.