Netflix Reveals Spectacular Lineup of Seven Nigerian Films and Series that will Premiere Later this Year
Netflix’s latest star-studded event, “Lights, Camera… Naija!” which took place in Lagos on August 13, 2023, has revealed a stunning lineup of new Nigerian films and series.
These hotly awaited productions are set to hit theatres in the fourth quarter, delivering a diverse range of genres and tales.
Editi Effiong, Mo Abudu, Charles Okpaleke, Kunle Afolayan, and Kemi Adetiba are among the creative brains behind these works.
These titles, which are now in production, are expected to capture over 238 million Netflix subscribers in 190+ countries around the world.
The Black Book
Editi Effiong is collaborating with Anakle Films on a compelling mystery and crime thriller named “The Black Book.” This story digs into the return of old vendettas as a bunch of crooked policemen murder a man’s only son, sparking a never-ending quest for retribution. Effiong directed and produced the picture, which features a stellar ensemble cast lead by Richard Mofe-Damijo and Ade Laoye. The supporting cast includes well-known actors such as Sam Dede, Alex Usifo Omiagbo, Olumide Oworu, Shaffy Bello, and others.
The captivating mystery and criminal thriller “Blood Vessel” takes the stage under the direction of Charles Okpaleke and Play Network Studios. The plot centres around six friends who become entangled in the political instability of their community. They are fleeing as stowaways on a ship bound for South America when they get caught in the crossfire. Moses Inwang is the director, and Agozie Ugwu, Arafat Bello-Osagie, and Roxanne Adekunle-Wright are the producers. David Ezekiel, Adaobi Dibor, and Jide Kene Achufusi star in the starring roles.
“Ijogbon,” a coming-of-age drama-adventure film, is directed by Kunle Afolayan. The plot centres around four kids from a small community who discover a packet of diamonds and decide to keep their newfound fortune hidden. Their deeds, however, have serious consequences. This intriguing story is produced by Golden Effects Pictures and stars Ruby Akubueze, Kayode Ojuolape, Oluwaseyi Ebiesuwa, and others.
Kunle Afolayan and Golden Effects present a four-part sequel series based on the success of the Yoruba epic “Anklápó.” As a spinoff, the story continues to enthral with a star-studded cast that includes Sola Sowobale, Kunle Remi, Bimbo Ademoye, and others. The series, directed and produced by Afolayan, is an exciting continuation of a beloved franchise.
Wrath And Revenge (WAR)
EbonyLife Studios’ Mo Abudu introduces “Wrath And Revenge (WAR),” a riveting drama series based on the history of “Sons of the Caliphate.” This story chronicles Nuhu Bula’s struggle to become the governor of Kowa, which is orchestrated by his wife Binta, whose ambitions are limitless. This series offers intrigue, ambition, and the rage of a woman scorned, with a captivating cast lead by Mofe Duncan, Rahama Sadau, and Yakubu Mohammed.
Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Studios revives the story as a series, following the success of the “Òlòtūré” film. “Òlòtūré” recounts the story of a young journalist who embarks on a risky journey to expose the atrocities of human trafficking. The series, directed by Kenneth Gyang, reunites a beloved cast that includes Sharon Ooja, Omoni Oboli, and others, promising a fascinating portrayal of a serious societal issue.
To Kill A Monkey
“To Kill A Monkey,” Kemi Adetiba’s hotly anticipated crime thriller series, starring William Benson and Bucci Franklin in pivotal roles. The series digs into crime and mystery, with a renowned cast that includes Bimbo Akintola and Chidi Mokeme. This series, written, directed, and produced by Kemi Adetiba, is a much-anticipated addition to the streaming world.
Netflix’s Vice President of Content for the Middle East and Africa, Ben Amadasun, reveals his excitement about working with Nigeria’s best producers and allowing a worldwide audience to appreciate the country’s great narrative potential. With these planned productions, Netflix solidifies its position as the leading platform for displaying the best Nigerian storytelling around the world. While the release dates are yet unknown, excitement is building for the global distribution of these enthralling stories.
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