Lupita Nyong’o Will Appear In Smithsonian Documentary About The Inspiration Behind Dora Milaje

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o is teaming up with the Smithsonian Channel™ in a new documentary called “Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o,” set to premiere on Monday, March 28th. 

The documentary is in honor of celebrating Women’s History Month; and the power and impact women have had throughout history and continue to have today. 

In this emotionally charged television documentaryOscar®-winning actress, author, and producer Lupita Nyong’o explores Benin, West Africa, intending to uncover the remarkable truth behind the women who inspired the Dora Milaje of Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther. 

This story of both the past and the present sheds light on the powerful and complicated history of African female fighters that existed in West Africa and are still remembered there as the ‘Agoji’—or as Europeans labeled them the Amazons.’ 

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In the 2018 film Black Panther, Nyong’o’s character, Nakia, fights alongside the Dora Milaje, a female army that defends Wakanda. The army was led by Okoye portrayed by Danai Gurira. 

The fictional country was based on a real all-female army that fought during the 17th and 19th centuries.

The documentary will also air on Smithsonian Channel™ in Latin America later this year. 

Warrior Women With Lupita Nyong’o premieres on Monday, March 28th at 8 pm ET/PT.