Africa is on the rise with a lot of original content coming from Netflix and the streaming site continues its expansion plan with their latest major deal.
Prolific Nigerian producer and filmmaker Mo Abudu has partnered with Netflix to sign a multi-title deal where she will create two series and multiple branded films with the streamer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
📣We’ve got MAJOR news for you today! Netflix has partnered with acclaimed producer @MoAbudu to bring you two of Nigeria’s most beloved literary classics to screens around the world! 📚🎥 pic.twitter.com/3zAE4zAndH
— Netflix Nigeria (@NetflixNaija) June 12, 2020
“Mo is at the forefront of creative storytelling in African television,” said Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix’s lead for original series in Africa. “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.”
Netflix has made multiple headlines this year as they hone in on original storytelling through Africa’s eyes.
“We believe that more people deserve to see their lives reflected on screen and for that to happen, we need to make sure there’s a wide variety of content that caters to our members’ diverse tastes,” said Ben Amadasun, Netflix director of licensing and co-productions for Africa.
Abudu seems to be excited to bring unique story-telling from Nigeria for diverse viewers around the world to see.
“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,” Abudu said.
This partnership arrives just months after Netflix inked a deal with John Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions for three features and on the heels of newly released South African series, “Blood & Water.”