(History vs Hollywood) Black Africans were involved in slavery long before the White man ever set foot in sub-saharan Africa — and when the White man finally did arrive in Africa, they found that Africans widely used their fellow enslaved Blacks literally as money — a form of exchange — and their tribal wealth and power were based on that lucrative inter-tribal slave market.
But the Jews of Hollywood have hidden this inconvenient truth from Blacks in the West — they’ve also told Blacks that the “evil” and “racist” White man ran the slave trade, when in fact it was largely the Jews themselves who financed and benefited from it. The southern port city of Charleston was the capital of Jewish power and wealth in America, largely built on this trade in black flesh. And the Jews were more than happy to let the “white man” take the blame for what they had, in fact, largely orchestrated themselves.
The “noble” history of Blacks in Africa is largely a fiction created by condescending Marxists in the West — aided and abetted by Jews to create artificial racial tensions between “dispossessed” Blacks and their White “exploiters.”
One of the greatest of ironies in the film is that many of the weapons these “fierce” female warriors used — swords and guns — were acquired from White traders in exchange for Black Slaves who ended up in the New World — no Black tribes had the skill and technology on their own to produce such advanced weapons necessary to fight in these large battles, especially against the well-armed Europeans.
So we shouldn’t be surprised when kosher Hollywood churns out woke black fantasy shtick like 2022’s “The Woman King” — which falsely portrays Black female warriors of the Dahomey tribe as “anti-slavery” when, in fact, the Dahomey were the biggest slave traders on the continent — and it was the white British “colonizers” who tried to put an end to the Black-on-Black slave trade which the Dahomey — along with many other African tribes — fought tooth and nail to resist.
…Viola Davis’ character was significantly fictionalized when compared to the real-life female generals of Dahomey. For example, General Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh….commanded the Agojie during at least part of the reign of King Ghezo….In 1851, Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh led an army of 6,000 Dahomey female warriors against the Egba fortress of Abeokuta in order to obtain slaves for the Dahomey slave trade. The battle took its toll on the Agojie. Their swords, spears, and bows were largely ineffective against Egba’s European cannons. Only about 1,200 Agojie warriors survived the lengthy battle. Her actions contradict the anti-slavery stance of Nanisca in the movie….
…The fictional General Nanisca (Viola Davis) is staunchly opposed to slave trading in the film, which seems to be a bit of an exaggeration of the Agojie’s actual stance at the time….[The] Agojie had a history of participating in slave raids. Even after Britain succeeded in stopping the Kingdom of Dahomey from engaging in the overseas slave trade, Dahomey still kept slaves to work its palm plantations. Each Agoji woman also had slaves of her own. When an Agoji warrior left the palace, they were preceded by a slave girl who rang a bell to let others know they were approaching. Citizens were to keep at a distance and look away from the women warriors. To touch the Agoji meant death.
…[However, in] real life, the Dahomey are much more the villains than the heroes. The Kingdom of Dahomey was a bloodthirsty society bent on conquest. It was customary for the Dahomey to return home with the rotting heads and genitals of those they killed in battle. They conquered neighboring African states and took their citizens as slaves, selling many in the Atlantic slave trade in exchange for items like rifles, tobacco, and alcohol. Many of the slaves they sold ended up in America. They also kept some slaves for themselves to work on royal plantations. The business of slavery is what brought Dahomey most of its wealth. For them, it very much came down to either enslave others or become enslaved yourself.
The Agojie (women warriors) fought in slave raids along with the male fighters. There are accounts of Dahomey warriors conducting slave raids on villages where they cut the heads off of the elderly and rip the bottom jaw bones off others. During the raids, they’d burn the villages to the ground. Those who they let live, including the children, were taken captive and sold as slaves. The movie strategically downplays this part of Dahomey’s history, so as to not complicate the story with the truth.
Each year in Dahomey, roughly 500 slaves and criminals were mass executed in large-scale human sacrifices during the religious ceremonies of a festival known as the Annual Customs of Dahomey. Most were sacrificed by way of decapitation, a method of killing widely used by the Dahomean kings. The 1727 Annual Customs of the Dahomey ceremony reportedly saw as many as 4,000 people sacrificed….
…Ghezo was King of Dahomey from 1818 to 1858 and was known for his military reform. It’s true that under his rule, the Agojie (Dahomey female warriors) became a significant part of the Dahomean military, expanding from roughly 600 women to as many as 6,000. While colonization by the Europeans was indeed a concern, it didn’t escalate until after King Ghezo’s reign. Territorial disputes with the French that began in 1863 led to the First Franco-Dahomean War in 1890 and the Second Franco-Dahomean War in 1892. Dahomey was defeated by the French in 1894 and the kingdom became French Dahomey, a colony of France.
The Kingdom of Dahomey had attained most of its wealth through the slave trade and King Ghezo was a strong proponent of slavery. He had risen to power though a coup with the help of Brazilian slave trader Francisco Félix de Sousa. Dahomey took the people of neighboring African regions it conquered and sold them in the overseas slave trade. They also kept slaves for themselves to work on the royal plantations. King Ghezo reportedly told the British, “The slave trade has been the ruling principle of my people. It is the source of their glory and wealth. Their songs celebrate their victories and the mother lulls the child to sleep with notes of triumph over an enemy reduced to slavery” (from “The Fortunes of Africa”).
In reality, the main conflict with white Europeans during King Ghezo’s reign came through the efforts of the British to bring an end to the Atlantic slave trade, in which the Kingdom of Dahomey was a major player. The British had to blockade the ports of Dahomey in order to put a stop to the Atlantic slave trade. Even after promising to end the slave trade in 1852, the year after the British imposed the blockade, King Ghezo resumed trading slaves in 1857. To this end, King Ghezo and the Kingdom of Dahomey are the villains of the true story.
…Actor Hero Fiennes Tiffin’s character, the villain Santo Ferreira, is a white slave trader who speaks Portuguese and is looking for strong black laborers (slaves) to take back to Brazil. While he doesn’t seem to have a direct real-life counterpart, he was possibly loosely inspired by Brazilian slave trader Francisco Félix de Sousa, who in real life wasn’t an enemy but rather helped King Ghezo rise to power. To return the favor, King Ghezo made de Sousa the principal trade official at the port of Whydah. de Sousa became a key figure in the Dahomey slave trade and the de Sousa family had a significant amount of political influence during Ghezo’s reign…
…Depicting the Dahomey as heroes or the “good guys” is quite a stretch, especially given their lucrative role in the slave trade and King Ghezo’s reluctance to put an end to it. The Dahomey were brutal conquerors who enslaved their enemies and sold most of them for profit. They thrived on slavery, and it was the source of most of the kingdom’s wealth. In fact, many slaves that they sold or traded were sent to America in the transatlantic slave trade. While the film acknowledges this troubling part of Dahomey’s history, it creates the fictional Nanisca (Viola Davis) to stand against it, a character that didn’t exist in real life.