Mo Abudu-owned EbonyLife and Sony Pictures Television are to produce a Television series on the West African Dahomey Warriors.
This is following in the footsteps of monster box office hit “Black Panther,” which featured the all-female security services of Dora Milaje, modelled after the Dahomey Amazons.
Sony Pictures Television will co-develop three TV projects – including the series based on the 19th-century all-female African force with Nigerian network EbonyLife, one of the biggest TV networks on the continent.
It will be set in the Kingdom of Dahomey and tell the story of how the women protect their nation.
In a statement, Mo Abudu, the chief executive officer, Ebony life, 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 organization like Sony Pictures Television.
“Now we have the opportunity to bring the fascinating story of the Dahomey Warriors, and many others like it, to audience around the world. It has been hard work getting here, but that’s what we are known for at Ebony Life. As I always say; “If you think it, you can do it”.
According to the joint statement released by Ebony Life and SPT, the “development on the Dahomey Warriors’ project will start immediately with further details of the two additional projects to follow”.
Wayne Garvie, president, international production, SPT, 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 creator of premium content.”
EbonyLife is behind successful productions like ‘The Wedding Party’ and ‘Royal Hibiscus Hotel’.