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Great news for Nollywood as Netflix Naija is unveiled

American streaming giant Netflix has announced its presence in Nigeria.

Recently, Netflix announced the arrival of Netflix Naija with a new Twitter account, the announcement was well received by the Nigerian film industry’s most notable actors and filmmakers.

According to reports, Netflix is currently developing two unnamed original series from Nigeria. One of the shows will be a six-part series “set in modern-day Nigeria and shot in Lagos.”

“This drama tells the story of Kemi, a goddess reincarnated as a human to avenge her sister’s death,” according to Deadline.

The show is from Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotosho and is inspired by her childhood. The cast includes Kate Henshaw and Richard Mofe-Damijo just to name a few.

“Our continent has a wealth of diversity, multiplicity and beauty in stories that have yet to be told,” said Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix’s head of African Originals according to Okay Africa. “And we want to be top of mind for creators in Nigeria, especially when it comes to stories they haven’t had a chance to tell yet.”

In 2018, the streaming platform acquired Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ and gave the green light to an upcoming Zambian children’s animated ‘Mama K’s Team 4’.

Netflix’s first African original, South Africa’s Queen Sono starring, Pearl Thusi, premiered on February 28th 2020 as reported by The Sauce.

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