Eartha Kitt in London 1950s

She is seen here with some members of the Nigerian community signing autographs.

She had been living in England and Nigeria to shoot the 1957 film the Mark of the Hawk.


The Mark of the Hawk – which also stared Sidney Poitier (as Obam) was about a “London-educated African” who returns to his homeland to take a political post.

Eartha Kitt plays the role of his wife, Renee

Obam’s brother is in charge of a rebel organization, determined to topple the white-dominated government. Obam must choose between seeking out racial equality through peaceful means, or casting his lot with his brother

The Mark of the Hawk was partially shot on location in Enugu, Nigeria.

The Mark of the Hawk was released in Britain as The Accused and retitled Shaka Zulu on video.

You can watch the film here

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