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Netflix Announces First Nigerian Original Series And Rolls Out ‘Netflix Naija’

Netflix has announced its presence in Nigeria.

Last week, the streaming giant announced the arrival of Netflix Naija with a brand new Twitter account.

The announcement tweet was shared with a photo of some of Nigeria’s most notable filmmakers and actors, including Adesua Etomi, Banky W, Kunle Folayan, Omoni Oboli, Kemi Adetiba, as well as veteran actors Richard Mofe-Damijo, Ramsey Nouah and several others.

According to Business Insider, Netflix is also in the process of developing two unnamed original series from Nigeria. Details of one of the series were shared at a gathering following the launch on Monday, according to Business Insider. One of the programmes will be a six-part series that is set in modern-day Nigeria and filmed in Lagos.

The drama will tell the story of Kemi, a goddess that is reincarnated as a human to avenge the death of her sister, according to the series’ press release.

The show was created by the Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotosho and was inspired by her childhood. The cast includes Ade Laoye, Kate Henshaw, Ireti Doyle, Joke Silva, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Kehinde Bankole and Bimbo Akintola.

While details around the launch of Netflix Naija and the two new shows still remain mostly under wraps, many have responded with excitement over what’s to come. This development will mean more local content for Nigerian Netflix subscribers.

The Head of African Originals at Netflix, Dorothy Ghettuba, said that Africa has a wealth of diversity and beauty in stories that still need to be told. She added that Netflix wants to be top of mind for creators in Nigeria when it comes to stories they haven’t yet been given a chance to tell.

Credit: This article originated from www.okayafrica.com

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