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“The Woman King” trailer has Ghanaians yearning for Yaa Asantewaa story to hit the big screens



The Woman King

Viola Davis makes a stunning transformation in the new trailer for ‘The Woman King’, in which she plays Nanisca, leader of the all-female warriors known as the Agojie.

Based on true events, the film follows General Nanisca and the fighters who protected the Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s as she trains the next generation of warriors in order to defend themselves against invading colonialists.

The trailer for The Woman King, which plays out against a backdrop of Beyoncé’s “My Power”  shows Davis’ Nanisca rallying the Agojie as they prepare to fight for their home.


The Agojie warriors, sometimes referred to as the Dahomey Amazons, were an all-female army that protected the Kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa, modern-day Benin, from the 17th century until their disbandment in the late 19th century. Their army was known for their fearless defense of their kingdom from threats both near and far.

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Many Ghanaians on social media are drawing parallels between the story of Nanisca and Yaa Asantewaa since the trailer was released. Yaa Asantewaa was a Ghanaian warrior queen, born around 1840, who rose up to lead an army against the invading British.

Here are a few of these comments from Twitter:



Sources  hinted to, some months ago, that Viola Davis has been in talks with some Ghanaian stakeholders concerning another film about Yaa Asantewaa, the Ghanaian warrior.

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  1. Kuenyehia Redeemer

    January 3, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    I am a Ghanaian, An Anlo to be specific but from my research, it turns out Yaa Asantewaa was not the only notorious African female warrior who troubled the White men. As so they call them. Though, the story is not based on the Actual Nanisca but based on Dahomey in Benin having such similar female warriors battling the Europeans at the time.
    From the article in National world did state the idea and duration of the brilliant movie.

    So as a direct review was made from the writer of the movie itself ‘The Woman King’ ,the Interview: Dana Stevens on writing ‘The Woman King,’ researching the Agojie and John Boyega’s ideas for a sequel

    This is clearly enough to conclude that the movie is no way related to the Ghanaian story of Yaa Asantewaa but a moral to educate us on the real hidden history we have closed our eyes from seeing in the African History

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