Netflix Naija, Nigeria’s category on Netflix, a US-owned streaming platform, has said it would be introducing new Nollywood films and series starting from early August.
The streaming giant released a list of movies and series it would add to its growing collection as from August 2 via its Twitter page. It wrote: “Clear your calendars for all these Naija movies and shows…”
Among the films listed are ‘The Governor: S1’, ‘Dere: African Tale’, ‘Meet the In-Laws’, ‘Ojos in the House’ (all series), ‘Fix Us’, ‘Ayamma’, ‘Diamonds in the Sky’, as well as ‘Sin City’ (movies).
Netflix had partnered Mo Abudu, a producer who is also the founder of the Ebony Life TV, for the film adaptation of books by Wole Soyinka, a playwright, and Lola Shoneyin, a novelist.
Clear your calendars for all these Naija movies and shows dropping in August! 🥳 pic.twitter.com/hPqhl47GD9
— Netflix Naija (@NetflixNaija) July 30, 2020
In the deal, movies are to come from Soyinka’s ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’, and Shoneyin‘s ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’ — which would be premiered on the streaming platform.
Genevieve Nnaji, an actress, who has benefited from Netflix’s foray into Nollywood, had earlier said that budding artists craving opportunities in the country would gain more from Netflix’s investments.
“We have amazing talents but we have not had adequate platforms to showcase them. Partnership with Netflix is a good thing, especially for upcoming artists who want a chance,” she had said.
“We have more stories to tell. I’ve been fortunate to experience how African content can travel and this investment is going to help grow the African creative industry and get our stories out there.”
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