Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Studios has signed a new partnership with 50 Cent’s G-Unit films and Television to produce a new drama-thriller series “Queen Nzinga”.
The new project will follow the story of fierce Angolan warrior Queen Nzinga of the 17th century. Queen Nzinga assumed the throne after her father and brother died. The warrior queen was famed for her political savviness and war tactics. She fought fearlessly for 37 years against the encroachment of Portuguese slavers on modern-day Angola.
Yetide Badaki of ‘America gods’ who is also a co-executive producer alongside 50 Cent, Abudu and Steven A. DeKnight will play the lead role of Queen Nzinga.
“If you liked the movie 300 your gonna love this,” said 50 Cent on the series.
Confirming the production, Abudu shared: “The continent of Africa has a treasure trove of stories that are yet to be told. Queen Nzinga is a story that I have wanted to tell for a long time. So when EbonyLife Studios finally found a home for this project at Starz and Lionsgate, it was a dream come true.”
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“We are happy to be at the forefront of forging these new partnerships with such an incredible team of creatives. Because it is truly about sharing our local stories with a global audience. Stories that are historical, authentic and progressive.”
“It has been a long held dream of mine to bring the story of Nzinga to the screen. Her courage, determination and passion resonated from the moment I laid eyes on historical depictions of the legendary queen,” Badaki revealed.
“I am thrilled by Starz’s continued commitment to much needed stories about and by historically excluded voices and the deeply talented team being built to share this epic narrative with the world”
In 2020, Mo Abudu secured a deal with Netflix to produce three Netflix originals. Two of the movies would be book adaptions from two of Nigeria’s foremost authors.
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