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Heedless Horseman11 Sep 2022 6:15 p.m. PST

I have sometimes wondered why… given the potentially Massive 'Audience' Draw…no movie / TV makers have ever explored 'Tribal' Africa? Yes, 'Roots' Or 'Zulu'… but that is relatively late in history of the continent… and goes for the Slavery/ Imperialism perspective.

No written histories to my knowledge… but 'lore' and 'legends' must be there? Potential 'Dynasties', Tribal conflict or 'Fantasy Occult' elements? 'Historical' would be best… but…

If TV series such as 'Vikings' can provide good 'a-historical' drama… given the numbers of good coloured actors… why not?

HMS Exeter11 Sep 2022 6:53 p.m. PST

The Woman King?

Grelber12 Sep 2022 8:29 a.m. PST

I saw an advertisement for "The Women King," too, HMS Exeter, and thought of that when I read Heedless Horseman's post. If that is successful, it will no doubt drive production of more "African" topics. There are a number of interesting stories out there to tell.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2022 9:41 a.m. PST

Not quite what the OP is looking for, but a fascinating and little known history of Africa:


I'd also go for some Hyborian Age fantasy with the Black Kingdoms, Kush, and the pirates of the Black Coast.

Imaro would be another good sword and sorcery choice:


HMS Exeter12 Sep 2022 12:17 p.m. PST

I took an African history course in college, back about half an hour after Noah got off the boat. We learned about a regional high king from what's now Mali.

This king decides to perform a Hajj to Mecca. He stops in Egypt on the way. The story has it that he spent so much gold in Egypt that the economy took a decade to recover.

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2022 7:02 a.m. PST

@Exeter: Thats Mansa Musa
Probably the richest person ever, compared to his contemporaries. Stories are more or less confirmed.


The story of his way to power and travels would certainly make a good story, even when actual sources are scarce. Or especially then. This way they can make a good story without contradicting too many known facts.

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