African Queens Njinga Release Date: What Can We Expect From It?

Starz is casting American Gods’ Yetide Badaki as the lead in a drama series based on the life of the African Warrior Queen Nzinga.

Together with Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight, and Mo Abudu, CEO of Nigerian media giant EbonyLife, Badaki will serve as executive producer on Queen Nzinga.

The events of Queen Nzinga, set in Angola in the 17th century, chronicle the rise of a young princess to the throne and her subsequent 40-year guerrilla fight against her kingdom’s powerful opponents and the horrific captivity of her people at the hands of Portuguese slavers. Nzinga will eventually give her life protecting the rights of her people. When Nzinga became the first female ruler, she proclaimed, “Call me king.”

African Queens Njinga Release Date

According to, On February 15, 2023, the first season of African Queens will launch on Netflix, chronicling the life and legacy of Njinga, the complicated, intriguing, and fierce warrior queen of Ndongo and Matamba, the territory known as modern-day Angola.

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What Can We Expect From African Queens Njinga?

The series is based on the real-life narrative of Nzinga, a princess who grew up to become a fierce warrior queen.

The story takes place in Angola in the 17th century and centers on a strong warrior who wages a fierce 40-year guerrilla fight against the kingdom’s powerful opponents and the horrific oppression of her people by Portuguese slavers. Nzinga would eventually give her life to protect the rights and freedoms of her people.


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Badaki said in a statement that she is excited to play the role onscreen. “Seeing Nzinga on the big screen has been a lifelong ambition of mine. Once I saw historical depictions of the mythical queen, I could feel her bravery, tenacity, and passion.

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I am overjoyed by Starz’s dedication to telling tales from underrepresented communities and by underrepresented actors, as well as the incredibly amazing team being assembled to bring this epic story to the globe.”


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Badaki, Mo Abudu, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Steven S. DeKnight are serving as executive producers for the Starz series. There has been no word on when exactly this will be available.

What is African Queens: Njinga About?

The upcoming anthology series African Queens will focus on a different African queen each season. The 2023 series will begin with Njinga, the queen of Angola, in the 17th century, but just for the pilot season.

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A new documentary series from Jada Pinkett Smith’s executive production team will examine the lives of historic and contemporary African queens. The first season will focus on Njinga, the seductive and ruthless warrior queen of Ndongo and Matamba in modern-day Angola. Njinga, the country’s first female monarch, became an icon of defiance for her ability to balance political and diplomatic savvy with military might.

African Queens Njinga Teaser

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Nzinga of Angola, a generation after Elizabeth I of England, enters world history when he is dispatched to negotiate a peace pact with the invaders. Queen Nzinga fought imperial colonists who want to enslave her people for forty years. For more details visit our website

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