Rapper Curtis James Jackson, known popularly as 50 Cent has announced plans to co-produce a historical series telling the story of a 17th century African warrior queen called “Queen Nzinga” who ruled over the Ndongo and Matamba kingdoms, currently located in present day Southern African country, Angola.
The young girl who inherited the throne following the death of his father and brother grew into a fearless leader who prioritized the needs of her people. Nzinga was the first female leader at a very crucial period of rapid growth in slave trade and Portuguese invasion. She dedicated her 37 years leadership in a fight to sustain her kingdom and also to seek independence for her people.
In a release announcing the series to tell her story, the organizers described Queen Nzinga’s growth and grit as a “transformation from an innocent princess into a fearless warrior queen who rages a ferocious 40-year guerrilla war against the kingdom’s formidable enemies and the cruel subjugation of her people by Portuguese slavers.”
Nigerian-born actress Yetide Badaki who will play the role of the queen said, “Her courage, determination and passion resonated from the moment I laid eyes on historical depictions of the legendary queen. 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.”
Mo Abudu who is a co-producer said, “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.”
She added that, “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.”
Speaking on the impactful collaboration, 50 Cent said “as G-Unit Film & Television launches more premium, international productions, I couldn’t have found better partners than Mo, Yetide and Steven to help tell the incredible story of Queen Nzinga.”
The series has received support from a lot of Africans due to its impact on the African narrative and the potential to sustain treasured history. Commentaries on the release have so far called on other producers to venture into dramas of this sort to help project the continent.