Netflix announces first Nigerian original series

Netflix is stepping up its game in Nigeria with the arrival of new Twitter account ‘Netflix Naija’.

“N is for Naija. N is for Nollywood, “read the account’s announcement tweet. “N is the 14th alphabet. 14 is also how many great talents you’re looking at. N is for Netflix. But most importantly…hello, Nigeria!”

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

Netflix will produce two unnamed original series from Nigeria. Details about one of the series were shared at an event following the launch on Monday. One of the shows will be a six-part series “set in modern-day Nigeria and shot in Lagos.”

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

The show is from Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotosho and is inspired by her childhood. The cast will feature Kate Henshaw and Ade Laoye, Ireti Doyle, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, and Kehinde Bankole.

This development will likely mean more local content for Nigerian subscribers.

The head of African Originals of Netflix, Dorothy Ghettuba, declared, “Our continent has a wealth of diversity, multiplicity and beauty in stories that have yet to be told. 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.”