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|Netflix Partners With Nigerian Filmmaker In New Major Deal by LegendHero(m): 1:29pm On Jun 12, 2020|
As part of its continued expansion into Africa, American media streaming service and producer, Netflix, has partnered with Nigerian filmmaker Mo Abudu to create new content from the west African nation.
Abudu, who owns a production company, EbonyLife TV, will work with the teams at Netflix to create two original series as well as multiple Netflix-branded films.
In a statement released Friday, Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix's lead for original series in Africa, said the streaming giant is working with Abudu because of her "passion for creating high-quality, riveting multi-genre films."
Through EbonyLife, Abudu has produced over 5,000 hours of original television shows and top Nollywood films such as "Fifty" and "The Wedding Party," which grossed 3.5 billion naira (about $11.5 million) in its 2016 release.
The partnership with Netflix will see on-screen adaptations of literary works by two award-winning Nigerian authors, Lola Shoneyin and Wole Soyinka.
Shoneyin's debut novel, "The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives," will be developed into a series, and Soyinka's play, "Death and the King's Horseman," will be adapted into a film.
"We're thrilled about this first-of-its-kind partnership in Africa that will bring some of Nigeria -- and Africa's -- most iconic storytelling to screen. We look forward to supporting Mo as she brings all these diverse Nigerian stories to the world," Ghettuba said in a statement.
The US media streaming company first captured the heart of the African audience in 2015 when it paid $12 million for the worldwide distribution rights of "Beasts of No Nation," starring award-winning actor, Idris Elba. In the same year, it started the distribution of Nigerian movies, buying blockbusters like "October 1" and "Fifty."
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|Re: Netflix Partners With Nigerian Filmmaker In New Major Deal by Nobody: 1:49pm On Jun 12, 2020|
Nice one. This is a first of its kind and a welcome development for Africa as a whole.
Kudos to Mo Abudu!
|Re: Netflix Partners With Nigerian Filmmaker In New Major Deal by Twistaray(m): 2:24pm On Jun 12, 2020|
|Re: Netflix Partners With Nigerian Filmmaker In New Major Deal by LegendHero(m): 5:00pm On Jun 12, 2020|
dominique puskin naijacutee FOD mynd44 lalasticala
Can we move this to front page!
|Re: Netflix Partners With Nigerian Filmmaker In New Major Deal by Twistaray(m): 5:43pm On Jun 12, 2020|
If it's anambra3rdson news or post about village elders doing meeting under the tree or some ebeto cement, Anambra gov gutter commissioning of whatever this would be at the FP now.
|Re: Netflix Partners With Nigerian Filmmaker In New Major Deal by Nobody: 6:45pm On Jun 12, 2020|
LegendHero:I love Mo Abudu. Congrats to Nollywood.
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