Amazon lines up Nigerian originals
Global streamer Amazon Prime Video has launched a local version of its service in Nigeria, with two Nigerian originals forming part of the content line-up.
The Nigerian productions are crime drama Gangs of Lagos and comedy format LOL: Last One Laughing Naija.
Gangs of Lagos centres on a group of friends growing up on the streets of the Nigerian city. Produced by Jade Osiberu and Kemi Lala Akindoju and coproduced by Akin Omotoso, it stars actors including Tobi Bakre and Adesua Etomi-Wellington.
LOL: Last One Laughing Naija is a local adaptation of Japanese format LOL. In the show, 10 famous comedians attempt to make each other laugh. The one who refrains from laughing for the longest time, while forcing other contestants to laugh first, is the winner. LOL will be hosted by Nigerian comedian Basketmouth.
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, head of Nigerian originals at Prime Video, said the originals would complement the streamer’s growing catalogue of Nollywood and African series and movies.
“The news signals our continued commitment to the Nigerian TV and film industry, bringing the very best of authentic, homegrown stories to not only our customers in Nigeria but also Prime Video members around the world,” she added.