First original series announce as Netflix launches “Netflix Naija”

923 views | Ekpedeme Umoh | February 27, 2020

American media-services provider and production company Netflix announced its presence in Nigeria on Tuesday, February 25th through its twitter handle @Netflixnaija and is set to produce its first original Nigerian series.

The yet to be titled series was inspired by an experience Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotosho who is in charge of the project, had while growing up in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Southwest Nigeria.

It “tells the story of Kemi, a goddess reincarnated as a human to avenge her sister’s death”, the company’s statement said.

Akin Omotoso will co-direct the project alongside C. J. Obasi and Daniel Oriahi. It will be co-produced by Kemi Lala-Akindoju. While the script was co-written by Omotosho, Steve, Posha, and Dami Elebe.

The series has Kate Henshaw and Ade Laoye in lead roles. It is also starring Ireti Doyle, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, and Kehinde Bankole.

In 2018, the popular American streaming platform acquired the worldwide rights for Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart.” This acquisition was Netflix’s first original project from Nigeria.

Since then, the service has acquired several Nollywood movies and series including blockbuster movies like “King of Boys” and “Chief Daddy.”



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