Why I’m not watching Woman King

Black Coffee
6 min readSep 27, 2022

And why black people should think twice.

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“They're laughing at black people”

“Hollywood is laughing at black people.”

This is what happens when you don’t learn your history

The new movie “Woman King” is about an army of female soldiers which is loosely based on a true story, there was a female army from Dahomey, but they fought under a “Man” king called King Ghezo.

Before we go any further, I want to clear something up.

Africans fought against slavery. In every West African country, there were armies who fought against slavery.

This is rarely talked about by Europeans because knowing this creates pride in African descendants.

Think the Aztecs, the Zulus, the Spartans. They may have been beaten, but they still walk with pride, knowing their people stood up and fought.

There were also African tribes who waged wars against neighbouring towns and villages which later became known as slave raids.

This happened after the Europeans came, as trading the prisoners of war to the Europeans became a profitable way to build their empires.

This wasn't as common as Europeans would have you believe, though, as the majority of Africans who faced atrocities of the middle passage were children kidnapped by Europeans.

Reason being they were easier to mold and lived longer.

There was no other African who loved slave raids more than King Ghezo of Dahomey and alongside Brazilian slave trader Francisco Félix de Sousa formed a formidable empire protected by a powerful army with one third being women.

King Ghezo

These women were called Agojie or Mino (Our Mothers).

Let's talk a little bit about this army

The Agojie participated in slave raids along with the male fighters
during these raids, they’d burn the villages to the ground and those who they let live, including the children, were taken captive and sold as slaves.

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