This shouldn’t come as a surprise especially since Netflix is now invested in African content than ever before. News from the company dropped earlier today that they have struck another exciting partnership with prolific Nigerian produce Mo Abudu. The multi-title link up is a groundbreaking investment from Netflix in Nigerian content. Abudu, through her production company (EbonyLife), is set to create two Netflix Original series as well as multiple Netflix branded films and a series all licensed to the service.
The content will consist of on-screen adaptations of literary works by two critically-acclaimed Nigerian authors: a series based on contemporary author, Lola Shoneyin’s best-selling debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives and a film adaptation of Death And The King’s Horseman, a play by 1986 Nobel Prize laureate in Literature, author, poet & playwright, Wole Soyinka.
“Mo is at the forefront of creative storytelling in African television. Her passion for creating high-quality, riveting multi-genre films and TV shows that capture the imagination while showcasing the diversity and richness of Nigerian culture is evident in her impressive body of work,” says Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix’s lead for Original Series in Africa. “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 .”
“As a Nigerian storyteller, my biggest motivator has always been to tell authentic and untold stories that resonate with every person, regardless of where they’re from in the world while showcasing our culture, heritage and creativity,” says Mo Abudu, CEO EbonyLife Media who adds, “This unprecedented partnership is testament to the Netflix’s investment in African storytelling and we at EbonyLife are grateful and excited about the opportunity to work together with the Netflix teams led by Dorothy and Ben to deliver a slate of unique and riveting stories from Nigeria over the next few years for Netflix audiences around the world.”
Further details on the two Netflix original series and the slate of Netflix-branded projects, licensed from EbonyLife, will be shared at a later date.