Veteran Nigerian TV and film producer, Mo Abudu has partnered with Netflix to create features from western Africa as part of its continued expansion into Africa.
The American media streaming service and producer, Netflix, partnered with Mo Abudu to create new content from the west African nation to create two original series as well as multiple Netflix-branded films.
📣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
In a statement released Friday, Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix’s lead for original series in Africa, said the streaming giant is working with Abudu because of her “passion for creating high-quality, riveting multi-genre films.”
Through EbonyLife, Abudu has produced over 5,000 hours of original television shows and top Nollywood films such as “Fifty” and “The Wedding Party,” which grossed 3.5 billion naira(about $11.5 million) in its 2016 release.
The partnership with Netflix will see on-screen adaptations of literary works by two award-winning Nigerian authors, Lola Shoneyin and Wole Soyinka.
Shoneyin’s debut novel, “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives,” will be developed into a series, and Soyinka’s play, “Death and the King’s Horseman,” will be adapted into a film.
Reacting to the news, Abudu tweeted:
Good morning beautiful people ❤️💕💖💝. Such great news to share with you today 😊😁🙂💃🏽💃🏽
— Mo Abudu (@MoAbudu) June 12, 2020
Netflix first captured the heart of the African audience in 2015 when it paid $12 million for the worldwide distribution rights of “Beasts of No Nation,” starring award-winning actor, Idris Elba.