Online streaming giant, Netflix’s interest in Nigerian cinema continues to grow, with news of another major acquisition making its way to us, barely 10 months after the first one.
In September 2018, Netflix purchased Nigerian drama, Lionheart, produced by Chinny Onwugbenu and directed by Genevieve Nnaji. The much-anticipated film starred Nollywood icons, Pete Edochie, director, Genevieve Nnaji, and Nkem Owoh. On Wednesday July 3rd, award-winning director and producer Kunle Afolayan announced a new deal with the American media company.
“I wish to inform you that Netflix has acquired Mokalik and some other of my films,” he said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, however the filmmaker did not disclose the amount paid.
Speaking on the company’s continuous interest in original African content, a Netflix spokesperson said, “We believe that great storytelling comes from everywhere in the world and from many distinctive voices. The African continent presents opportunities both for Netflix and filmmakers and we are actively searching for fresh differentiated stories from the African continent.” The streaming service also announced its plans to invest in the African film industry by ordering local original series from 2019.
Mokalik features Femi Adebayo, Faithia Balogun, Ayo Adesanya, Nigerian singer, Simi and more.