Just a few days ago, The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission released a new broadcast code, which requires all online streaming platforms to license their exclusive content to other broadcast media in Nigeria. If this new code is implemented, it means PayTV and streaming platforms will be prevented from making content exclusive and compel them to sub-license content for a prices.
It seems, however, that Netflix isn’t breaking a sweat about this and have now made a major move in collaboration with prolific filmmaker, Mo Abudu.
📣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 Naija (@NetflixNaija) June 12, 2020
We’ve all been waiting with bated breath about what Netflix’s first move in Nigeria will be. Now, news has broken about their multi-title deal with Ebony Life’s Mo Abudu, who has licensed many films and series to the streaming giant and will create two Netflix Originals.
Among the highlights will be a film adaptation of Wole Shoyinka’s play, ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’, and a series based on Lola Shoneyin’s best-selling debut novel, ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’.
Speaking about this partnership, Mo Abudu said:
“As a Nigerian storyteller, my biggest motivator has always been to tell authentic and untold stories that resonate with every person, regardless of where they’re from in the world while showcasing our culture, heritage and creativity. This unprecedented partnership is testament to Netflix’s investment in African storytelling.”
We haven’t got any release dates yet, however, Variety states that one of them will be out this 2020. We’ll definitely be waiting to see how they pull it off.