Nigeria-based EbonyLife Ltd, producers of premium, original content and Sony Pictures Television (SPT), will co-develop three exciting new scripted TV projects, which SPT is set to distribute internationally, including a TV series inspired by the 17th Century all-female military regimen of Dahomey Warriors.
The action-packed series, part of a three-project deal, the first of its kind between SPT and a Nigerian production company, is inspired by true events that took place in the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, and will tell the empowering story of the all-female Warriors, showing the ultimate strength of women coming together, fighting to protect and honour their people.
Mo Abudu, Chief Executive Officer, EbonyLife Ltd 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 Sony Pictures Television. Now we have the opportunity to bring the fascinating story of The Dahomey Warriors, and many others like it, to audiences around the world.’’
Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television said, “[Mo Abudu and her EbonyLife 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 fulfill their aim of being one of Africa’s prime creators of premium content.”
Development on the Dahomey Warriors project has already started, with further details of the two additional projects to follow.
The news follows EbonyLife’s recently announced unscripted deal with SPT, where they will be exclusively adapting the hit game show ‘The Dating Game’ for Nigerian and African audiences. EbonyLife, which is available to Kenyan viewers on select DSTV bouquets, launched in 2013 as an international black TV network producing over 1,000 hours of English-language content a year. Its first feature film, “Fifty,” was picked up by Netflix and released worldwide.