AllNews Nigeria reports that it’s been five years since Netflix launched in Nigeria. Since then, they have been able to add a wide variety of Nollywood films and series and build strong relationships with local creators like Kunle Afolayan, others.
According to Netflix’s Director of Content in Africa, Ben Amadasun, "It’s been incredibly rewarding to bring his classics like The CEO, October 1, The Figurine, and, most recently, Citation, to our members around the world and shine a light on Nigerian culture, history, fashion, music, food, and languages through his films.
"Today, we’re excited to expand on that through a new partnership with Kunle to produce and premiere three new diverse films: a historical drama, a folklore fantasy, and a character drama".
On details about the new collaboration, Afolayan said; "Its three titles and these are diverse genres. Starting from Swallow which is an adaptation of Nigerian-American novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and screenwriter, Seffi Atta’s, a naive secretary whom, after a series of career woes, considers her roommate's offer to work as a drug mule in mid-1980s Lagos.
"The Other is folklore, a story on fantasy and last one is a story on amnesia with a bit of spirituality in it, you know Africa spiritual kind of thing"
"All three will be set in Nigeria and I am really excited about this because I know people are really going to have a swell time. And the fact that it is exclusive to Netflix globally, its such a great time".
Afolayan further stated that “There’s never been a greater time for us, where you have so many Nigerian stories being shown to the whole world,”.
On why Netflix is focusing on Nigeria particularly, Amadasun said “We believe great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere…Nigeria has a prolific film industry, and it makes sense that when we’re growing within Africa, Nigeria is one of the focus markets,”
Following up on his style of casting non-actors in lead roles, Afolayan’s latest film stars singer Niyola, Eniola Akinbo, as Tolani Ajao.
Other cast members include Chioma Akpotha, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ijeoma Grace Agu, Omotunde Adebowale, Eniola Badmus, Mercy Aigbe, Kelvin Ikeduba, Joke Muyiwa, BBNaija reality star Thin Tall Tony, and Olusegun Akinremi.
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