The Trailer for 'Oya: Rise of the Orisha' Looks Incredible

The world absolutely needs African superhero films, and I'm particularly excited about this one with two Black women protagonists.

Filmmaker Nosa Igbinedion sought to fill the gap with "Oya: Rise of the Orisha" a film he wrote, directed, and produced that was released earlier this year.

 The synopsis sounds incredible:

The Orisha, african gods of the Santeria religion have been all but forgotten by humanity, who are headed for self destruction. Only Orisha Oya goddes of change is still connected to Adesuwa, her dedicated devotee. Join us as she goes on a head stomping mission to protect the innocent.

Now, a twisted zealot with a warped idea of the Orisha wants to bring about the downfall of human race.

Adesuwa must find ‘the key’, a young girl with the potential to open the doorway between humanity and Orisha. It is Adesuwas duty to find her and keep her safe.

The adventure unfolds as adesuwa faces down a variety of adversaries who seek to stop her from completing her mission. She must reach deep into her connection with Oya to stop them.

It appears as though the film had a relatively small run, and there are no screenings planned currently, but hopefully we can convince Mr. Igbinedion to release the full film digitally.

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