Netflix has recently released an exciting and thrilling trailer for Jada Pinkett Smith’s new documentary series African Queens. Jada, who will soon be journeying to Ghana for Girls Trip 2, is the show’s executive producer and narrates each episode. The streaming giant released the trailer on Twitter and wrote that the new series will explore ‘the lives of iconic African Queens,’ beginning with ‘Njinga, the complex, captivating, and fearless 17th-century warrior queen.’
African Queens: Njinga will feature Adesuwa Oni in the central role of its dramatization. African Queens is set to release on Netflix on February 15. The new documentary series will encompass four episodes, telling Njinga’s harrowing rise from a young princess learning to rule in her father’s court to the warrior queen who defended her people from the Portuguese.
Pinkett Smith gives her voice to fill the beginning of the trailer as it opens with a clip of Africa and warriors preparing to fight, ‘Born into an era of darkness…a warrior…a queen, destined to lead.’ Further in the action-packed trailer, Njinga declares, ‘There are no slaves in my kingdom.’ Muskets explode as Jada explains that Njinga ‘fearlessly defended her kingdom against European power.’
A gruesome knife attack is glimpsed before Pinkett Smith’s voice returns, ‘Slavery threatened to decimate a continent.’ The trailer then features a few interview clips that add even more weight to Njinga’s formidable story. Further, one expert describes Njinga’s strategizing as ‘such a power move, such a boss move,’ while another lauds her as ‘a mother of a nation’ who ‘loved her country.’
Meanwhile, speaking to Urban Bridgez about African Queens, Pinkett Smith previously discussed the origins of the show and opened up about her affinity for Njinga’s story. The Red Table Talk host shared, “This particular project went through many different machinations, but it started with Willow [Smith].” Jada’s 22-year-old daughter with Will Smith inspired her to explore the history and meaning behind the word ‘queen,’ which is often used as a term of empowerment.
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