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Nigerian toon The Ekspats enters Annecy

The Ekspats: We’re Going to Africa

Nigerian animation The Ekspats: We’re Going to Africa (1×20’) has been selected to enter in the television films competition category at France’s Annecy 2024 animation festival.

The English-language film, which delves into the clash of cultures when an American family moves to Nigeria, is understood to be the pilot for a series.

It was directed by Ron Myrick, Adebisi Adetayo and Mbuotidem Johnson and produced by G2 Animation, led by company partner Ziad Zoueihed, Jeffrey O’Brien and Efeturi Ojonah.

G2 Animation is a Lagos- and US-based animation house that works with Nigerian studios including Johnson’s Basement Animation Studios, as well as Orange VFX, Quadron Studios and 32ad Animation Studios, the prodco behind Nigerian animated feature Lady Buckit & the Motley Mopsters (Netflix).

Marcel Jean, artistic director at the Annecy Festival, set to take place from June 9 to 15, said: “For the very first time, a Nigerian series will be competing, which clearly demonstrates how animation is developing on the African continent, three years after our tribute to African animation.”

The Federal Ministry of Art, Culture & The Creative Economy in Nigeria tweeted: “This is a great feat symbolic of the unprecedented growth of the animation sector. We are rooting for G2 Animation and the amazing team behind this extraordinary project.”

Canal+ tables $2.9bn bid for MultiChoice

French media and telecommunications giant Canal+ has made a mandatory offer to acquire MultiChoice in a deal valuing the South African entertainment company at around US$2.9bn.

Maxime Saada

Under the proposed deal, Vivendi-backed Canal+, which is already the largest MultiChoice shareholder with a 36.6% ownership interest, would acquire the remainder of the company that it does not already own.

The companies jointly announced on Monday that they have entered into a cooperation agreement over the offer.

The improved offer of R125 (US$6.71) per share comes after Canal+ made an offer in February of R105 per share, which was rejected.

MultiChoice has a presence in 50 markets across Sub-Saharan Africa and operates dozens of channels and entertainment platforms, including pay TV service M-Net, the DStv satellite service and streamer Showmax, the latter of which was recently relaunched through a partnership with Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Sky.

However, even if the deal is approved by shareholders, it still may not be approved by South African regulators as the country has rules that limit foreign ownership in local broadcasters to 20% voting rights.

Despite that, Canal+ Group chairman and CEO Maxime Saada has said he is confident Canal+ can get a deal over the line that complies with local laws.

By combining the companies, Saada said it will allow them to “invest even more in local productions and sports content, supporting the world-leading and vibrant creative ecosystem on the African continent and all over the world, and producing even more high-quality and compelling local stories.”

“The complementary geographies, considerable scale, and strengthened capabilities achieved by the combination of these two great companies will ensure that Africa can tell her own stories on her own terms both locally and globally,” he added.

ZDF, Arte, VPro, SABC prep Apartheid doc

Free at Last

South Africa’s SABC has joined forces with Arte in Europe, Germany’s ZDF and VPro in the Netherlands to co-commission a German/South African docuseries recounting the history of Apartheid.

Free at Last (3×52’ or 1×90’) is a coproduction from Storyscope in South Africa and Beetz Brothers Productions in Germany. The doc weaves together exclusive accounts from both victims and perpetrators, unseen footage and previously unpublished documents to unveil the true stories behind the oppressive and racist regime that ruled South Africa for decades.

Commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as president, Free at Last is exec produced by Beetz Brothers’ co-CEO Reinhardt Beetz and Storyscope’s CEO Neil Brandt. Misha Wessel and Thomas Blom, the duo behind The Hunt for Gaddafi’s Billions, and double Bafta-winning SA filmmaker Xoliswa Sithole are directing the doc.

Brandt said: “The backbone of the series is the unfolding of the infamous ‘COSAS 4’ case in which four youths who wanted to join the armed struggle got caught in a trap. The trial, currently in court, is the first where a case against humanity and murder perpetrated during Apartheid will be heard in a South African court.”

“Free At Last will assist us in delivering on our 30 Years of Democracy slate with the view of promoting continued dialogue and reigniting the nation in a period where many have lost hope. The documentary will also serve as a vehicle to carry the story of democracy forward and remind us how far we have come and how much further we can go,” said Tshilidzi Davhana, head of factual of SABC.

Beetz Brothers is handling presales of the doc and is in conversations with additional broadcast partners.

Federation’s Morning After wakes at MipTV

The Morning After

France’s Federation Studios is at MipTV in Cannes this week shopping The Morning After (8×30’), a comedy-drama series produced by Paradoxal and Both Worlds Pictures with Germany’s SWR–ARD FabFiction and Prime Video Africa.

The series will premiere in sub-Saharan Africa on Prime Video and in Germany on ARD’s SVoD service Mediatek. Federation is at MipTV looking to distribute the series into markets outside Germany and sub-Saharan Africa.

The Morning After stars British actor Amara Okereke (The Lost Lands, Red Rose) and a young South African ensemble cast including Gaosi Raditholo, Carmen Pretorius, Richard Gau, Tarryn Wyngaard and Danica Jones.

The show follows a British party girl who wakes up naked on a beach in Cape Town, South Africa, 6,000 miles from home and with all of her stuff missing. With the help of some locals, she plots revenge on whoever did this to her.

Created by Thierry Cassuto and Karen Jeynes, the series is directed by Cindy Lee (Girls of St Agnes, Desert Rose) and Karen Jeynes (Recipes for Love & Murder), with exec producers Rémy Jacquelin for Paradoxal and Thierry Cassuto, Karen Jeynes and Thato Cassuto for Both Worlds.

The Morning After is produced with the support of the South African Department of Trade, Industry & Competition, with French media finance outfit Natixis-Coficiné providing cash-flow finance. The series was filmed in Cape Town and the surrounding area.

Paradoxal is the Paris-based prodco launched in 2019 by former TF1 and Gaumont exec Jacquelin, while Both Worlds is the South African prodco behind shows including Recipes for Love & Murder and Puppet Nation.

Mbele’s Ayeni unveils PartyJollof Africa

Nigerian digital creator and software engineer Peter Ayeni, best known for his award-winning digital educational platform Mbele, has launched a movie database platform called PartyJollof Africa.

Peter Ayeni

PartyJollof Africa allows African filmmakers to showcase their work, gain visibility and connect with audiences far and wide, according to Ayeni. He described the platform as “Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb on safari.”

The launch of the platform was driven by a passion for showcasing the wealth of African entertainment to the world, Ayeni added. Its mission is to serve as the premier destination for creators and viewers alike, providing a centralised hub that bridges the gap between the stories of Africa and a global audience eager for authentic, compelling content.

“I have never been as excited about a project since I built Mbele in 2017 like I am with Party Jollof. I promise you I am definitely going hard on this one. This is one for the continent and for every creator who has moved African movies forward and to those coming behind to inherit a vibrant industry they will be proud of,” Ayeni said.

“Imagine if Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb went on a safari, got lost in the vibrant landscapes of Africa, and decided to start a family. The result? PartyJollof Africa. It’s like they had a baby that’s obsessed with African cinema and television, but with a spicy twist. Party Jollof Africa isn’t just another platform; it’s where the rich tapestry of African storytelling comes to play, dance and occasionally throw jollof rice at each other in celebration.

The platform will allow users to “feast on the latest reviews, dive deep into the careers of your favourite African stars and get lost in tales as diverse as the continent itself,” claimed the digital creator.

“Whether you’re looking to savour the classics or spice up your watchlist with something new, PartyJollof Africa has got you covered – no passport required. Join the party where every film and TV show is a main dish, served hot and ready to enjoy.”

Nora Awolowo unveils movie Red Circle

Nora Awolowo, creative director at Lagos-based production company Rixel Studios, has unveiled a movie titled Red Circle.

Nora Awolowo

Red Circle is produced by Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) winner Awolowo, written by Abdul Tijani-Ahmed and directed by AMVCA nominee Akay Mason. The action thriller has the tagline ‘No one is untouchable.’

Although little has been revealed about the film, the cast includes iconic actor Bukky Wright, back from retirement, as well as Folu Storms, Timini Egbuson, Tobi Bakre, Lateef Adedimeji, Chief Femi Branch and Omowumi Dada.

Awolowo said: “You asked for Bukky Wright, my job was to make it happen! Two years ago, I told Abdul Tijani-Ahmed I had an idea, several months of fleshing it with the best company of people. Red Circle is coming.

“Dreams come true, and this is one of my most ambitious dream. From ideation to execution this has taken tears, blood and laughter. My favourite thing about this is getting to do this with some of my favourite people in the world. Grateful for the exciting cast that bought into my idea and dreams.”

Last year, Awolowo won the best documentary award at the AMVCAs for her football-related film Nigeria: The Debut, produced by FIFA+ Original Productions.

Short film Ihunanya’m to stream at TINFF

Abiodun Odu and Heavens Obule

Short film Ihunanya’m (My Love) has been selected to stream at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF), taking place in September.

The film is directed by Abiodun Odu and produced by Heavens Obule. It delves into the intertwined lives of a couple deeply in love but pulled apart by their different dreams. Chikamma RC and Celia Okechukwu star.

As they pursue their goals separately, the couple faces tough challenges. But when a surprising mystery comes their way, they’re brought back together.

The TINFF news was announced by the film’s production company, Take One Productions of Nigeria: “Ihunanya’m has been selected to stream at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival. Our passports are ready because we will step in with grand style.”

Real Housewives spin-off for Showmax

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip

South African streamer Showmax has commissioned the first international format adaptation of hit Peacock series The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip.

The local version, The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa (TRHUGTSA), is to be made by Johannesburg-based prodco GOAT Productions (Unfollowed).

It will unite cast members from editions of The Real Housewives franchise previously filmed in the South African cities of Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Gqeberha and Pretoria.

Cast members include fan favourites such as LaConco, Beverley Steyn and Londie London.

The formidable women will form unexpected friendships as they embark on a luxurious getaway to Jamaica, packed with excitement and excursions.

The Real Housewives franchise, which originally launched in 2021 on Peacock in the US, is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Formats.

Multichoice- and NBC Universal-owned platform Showmax has enjoyed rating success with several previous editions of the format.

Mbalenhle Ntuli, head of unscripted content, Multichoice, said: “The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa is one of the formats that will reinforce our belief that South African content does not only compete but shine on a global scale.

“The show is a celebration of friendship, culture and the unique experiences that our carefully selected and amazing cast brings to screen.”

Ana Langenberg, SVP, format sales and production, NBCUniversal, said: “Each South African version of The Real Housewives has embodied the rich and vibrant diversity across the country, resonating with both local and global audiences.

“The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa promises to be a real treat for viewers, as we bring together some of our formidable housewives who have shaped South African culture. We can’t wait to follow them as they set off on a trip of a lifetime to Jamaica!”

Winners emerge at the 2024 iKon Awards

A number of African stars have emerged as winners in various categories in the 2024 iKon Awards, which took place in Uganda this week.

Herderboy director Raymond Malinga

Among the categories were Best Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role, the African Icon Award, Best Animation Award, Best Actress in a TV Series, Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Ugandan director Raymond Malinga’s animated film Herderboy won the award for Best Animation, while the Best Film award was given to Unheard by journalist Polly Kamukama and screenwriter/director Joseph Ken Ssebaggala. Henry Nathan Katongole (The Passenger) won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role while Nigerian actor, producer and author Osita Iheme was celebrated with the African Ikon Award.

The African rising star award was presented to Nigerian actress and model Nancy Isime, while Best Actor in a Supporting Role was given to Blair Koono (Enkuba). Best Short Film was won by Hakim Zziwa (Building 62) and Best Actress in a Leading Role was presented to Jackline Katusiime in the movie Unheard.

Malinga said: “My film Herderboy from Disney’s Kizazi Moto Generation Fire won! Thank you iKon awards for giving my team and I our flowers! Shout out to the talents at Triggerfish Animation Studios and the numerous artists around the world that collaborated with us to bring my vision to life. Onwards! Upwards.”

The iKon Awards rewards and recognises game-changers in film and television. The iKon Film & Television initiative is a prestigious programme by SAUTIplus Media Hub that recognises and rewards transformational thought leaders, implementers and personalities in the film and television and mainstream media in Uganda and Africa.

Isiphetho: Destiny calls on

Isiphetho: Destiny will air on from April 8

South African commercial free-to-air television station has unveiled its latest primetime telenovela, Isiphetho: Destiny.

Isiphetho: Destiny is set in the heart of Soweto and follows four friends who navigate the complexities of life in the community of Mzimhlope.

Bound by a life-altering secret from their teenage years, these individuals – now in their 30s – embark on a transformative endeavour to rejuvenate their community and reshape their destinies. They open an innovative restaurant aimed at bringing unique culinary delights to the township.

The cast includes Gugu Gumede, Linda Sokhulu, Mjosti Mbhele and Mbalenhle Mavimbela. Produced by Johannesburg-based Black Brain Pictures, the drama will start airing on from 8 April.

Auditions open for Big Brother Naija S9

Auditions have begun for the ninth edition of reality TV show Big Brother Naija, based on the globe-trotting format from the Netherlands.

In a major difference from previous editions, this season is themed ‘2 to Tango’ and is seeking dynamic duos who can bring a new level of excitement to the Big Brother house.

Interested people should upload a three-minute video explaining why they should be in the house for the show.

“It’s your journey to fame. Show us how you both bring out the best in each other. Whoever you both are to each other – that’s fine! Share in the video your unique personalities and why you both are best fit for BBNaija house together. Talk about your likes, dislikes, and how you complement each other in everything you do,” said the organisers.

“Get ready to take on the challenge and show us why you deserve to be in the spotlight on BBNaija season nine.”

Auditions are open until April 20. The show is based on the international format owned by Banijay and airs on MultiChoice-owned channel Africa Magic. It debuted on sister network M-Net in 2006.

Lagos prepped for kids cycling show

A five-day cycling competition show, titled The Magic Tour – Streets of Lagos, is set to debut from April 24 to April 28 on streets of the Nigerian capital.

Final Destination will air on Channels TV and Lagos State TV

Themed as Final Destination, the competition is now in its ninth edition and is targeted at young people between the ages of 12 and 15. The youngsters will participate in a cycling event taking place on four streets of Lagos, namely Isale Eko, Mafoluku, Ajegunle and Ikorodu.

While specific broadcasting details are yet to be announced, the event will be aired in Nigerian on Channels TV and Lagos State Television.

According to the organisers, the competition is aimed at providing an unforgettable experience, excitement and challenges that will push young people to their limits.

Ikechukwu Agada, team leader at Saved City Incorporation, said: “Final Destination is a winner-takes-all event aimed at bringing young people together for an adventure like no other before it or anywhere else in the world.

“Final Destination stands out because unlike most races where speed determines success, this race involves solving puzzles along its course, which allows participants to have clear paths on where to turn and maneuver through obstacles until they reach their final destination point.”

The show is produced by sports and entertainment company Saved City Incorporation and sponsored by Checkers Custard, Devon Kings Oil, Honda, Fanmilk, Simba Planet, Cinelab and newspaper Punch with official partnership from International Education-Hub.

Movie sequel The Kujus Again to join Prime

The Kujus Again

Nigerian comedy-drama movie The Kujus Again, the sequel to  Introducing the Kujus, will debut on Amazon Prime Video on March 22.

Directed by Biodun Stephen and produced by Bisola Aiyeola and Winnie Okpapi, the film follows the Kuju clan to a hotel resort for a traditional wedding. But things quickly take a turn for the worse when underlying tension and unfortunate incidents mean people go missing.

The cast includes Timini Egbuson, Kunle Remi, Bimbo Ademoye, Bisola Aiyeola and Sophie Alakija.

Introducing the Kujus debuted in 2020 and stars Aiyeola. The movie was followed by The Kujus Again in 2023, which had a theatrical release before being acquired by Prime Video.

Netflix orders shows by African women

House of Ga’a

Streaming giant Netflix has unveiled a number of new drama series and a movie directed and produced by African women filmmakers.

The move was part of an International Women’s Day event called Her Voice, Our Story organised by the SVOD service in partnership with EbonyLife CEO Mo Abudu to spotlight female creators and their contribution to the film and TV industries.

The projects to debut on the platform include the series Òlòtūré: The Journey, produced Abudu. It follows a young journalist working undercover as a sex worker in Nigeria to expose corruption as she fights to reach Europe. The cast includes Sharon Ooja, Omoni Oboli, Beverly Osu, Ikechukwu Onunaku and Daniel Etim Effiong.

The series Baby Farm, also produced by Abudu, tells the story of a young woman who unknowingly entrusts her unborn twins to a high-profile NGO, only to discover she’s become a prisoner of a sinister Baby Farm. The show stars Rita Dominic, Joseph Benjamin, Onyinye Odokoro, Genoveva Umeh, Langley Kirkwood and Jenny Stead.

Also in the works is the series Postcards, directed and produced by Namaste Wahala’s Hamisha Daryani Ahuja. It follows four conflicted Nigerians in India who find identity and acceptance as they face their fears and desires through a journey of love and self-discovery. The cast includes Sola Sobowale, Tobi Bakre, Rajniesh Duggall, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Rahama Sadau and Nancy Isime.

To Kill a Monkey, meanwhile, is directed and produced by Kemi Adetiba and centres on a struggling everyman whose life takes a dramatic turn after he reconnects with an old friend. Pressured by circumstances, he delves into cybercrime, forcing him to compromise his principles. It stars Bucci Franklin, William Benson, Stella Damasus, Bimbo Akintola, Micheal Ejoor, Chidi Mokeme, Lilian Afegbai and Sunshine Roseman.

The film is Bolanle Austen-Peters’ House of Ga’a, set in the 18th-century Oyo Empire. It is based on true events surrounding Bashorun Ga’a, a formidable prime minister who rose to power behind the kings he enthroned. The cast includes Femi Branch, Mike Afolarin, Funke Akindele, Toyin Abraham, Ibrahim Chatta, Dele Odule, Bimbo Manuel, Lateef Adedimeji, Femi Adebayo and Gabriel Afolayan.

In addition, reality TV series Young Famous & African is set to return for its third season later this year, while the girls of Parkhurst High School return for S4 of Blood & Water.

“At Netflix, we want our stories to reflect as many lives as we can. This is why we are not just passionate about the stories we tell, but the people who tell them and the people we tell them for,” said Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix’s director of content in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We are happy to work with the female powerhouse in the creative industry and bring to life the awesome projects that reflect their stories and promote our culture.”

Canal+ to increase bid for MultiChoice

Canal+ wants to fully take over MultiChoice and its streammer Showmax

Vivendi-owned Canal+ Group is set to table an improved bid to up its minority stake in The MultiChoice Group and take full ownership of the African broadcasting giant.

Having seen its previous €2.5bn (US$2.7bn) bid of SAR105 (US$5.50) per share rebuffed last month, Canal+ will return with a new all-cash offer of SAR125 per share.

Canal+ is working with JPMorgan Chase & Co and Bank of America to prepare a formal offer, which is due by April 8.

The French group currently owns a 31.7% stake in the South Africa-headquartered company, which is active in 50 markets across sub-Saharan Africa and owns the Showmax OTT service jointly with Comcast.

MultiChoice today issued a statement to shareholders saying both companies have agreed to co-operate and MultiChoice will be speaking exclusivity to Canal+ about a takeover.

MultiChoice said an independent board would provide an opinion and recommendations on the new offer in due course.

The move comes after Canal+ was informed by South Africa’s takeover panel at the end of February that it had to make a mandatory offer for MultiChoice.

If the bid is successful, Vivendi would look to combine its local Canal+ operations in Africa with MultiChoice’s to create a powerhouse with almost 50 million subscribers and the scale to invest more in local content and sports rights.

MultiChoice operates dozens of channels and entertainment platforms, including pay TV service M-Net, the DStv satellite offering and streamer Showmax.

The group’s revenue fell by 1% to SAR28.3bn during the six months ending September 30 last year as the group battled local and global economic headwinds.

MultiChoice said factors contributing to the slight fall in profitability included the ongoing South African energy crisis, cost of living pressures and sharp depreciation in local currencies against the dollar.

The group was recently linked with Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Sky to relaunch Showmax with a refreshed brand and revamped content line-up, including English Premier League football, local originals and US series.

Vivendi, meanwhile, is exploring the feasibility of splitting itself into several entities, including Canal+ Group and Lagardère, each of which would be listed on the stock market.

Following its acquisition of Luxembourg-based broadcaster M7 and channels provider SPI, Canal+ Group has taken strategic stakes in businesses such as Hong Kong-based OTT service Viu, embattled Nordic streamer Viaplay and MultiChoice as part of its international expansion plans.

BBCS in Africa claims 12.9m viewers

BBC UKTV, a multi-genre channel from BBC Studios in Africa, has amassed a viewership of more than 12.9 million, according to the BBC, marking a growth of 135% since its launch in December 2022.

Pierre Cloete

The channel’s share has also increased by 99% among all individuals since launching on the MultiChoice-owned digital satellite platform DStv.

It was created to match DStv audiences’ viewing habits in South Africa with a variety of content across genres from the BBC Studios catalogue.

The content ranges from lifestyle programming (such as Come Dine With Me) to documentaries, dramas (Call the Midwife), soaps (EastEnders), award-winning factual series and other shows, including Secrets of the Supercars, Bake-Off Crème de la Crème, Musketeers and The Great South African Bake-Off.

Pierre Cloete, commercial director of BBC Studios in Africa, said: “BBC UKTV has seen incredible growth over the past year. I am so proud that over 12.9 million people have watched our shows.

“We crafted the channel to match the viewing habits of families in Africa and give more people access to our high-quality shows. With a variety of genres available for all age groups to enjoy, it’s amazing to see how many families are tuning in.

“We have committed to the future of BBC UKTV and can’t wait for DStv audiences to explore even more of BBC Studios’ award-winning catalogue.”

BBC UKTV (DStv channel 134) streams on DStv Compact, DStv Family, DStv Access and DStv Easy View.

Britbox, SBS, UKTV take Catch Me a Killer

Catch Me a Killer

UK content specialist streamer Britbox in North America and Australian public broadcaster SBS are among the buyers of South African crime drama Catch Me a Killer.

The 9×60’ plus 1×90’ series has also been acquired by UKTV’s Alibi channel, BBC First in Benelux and Poland, AXN’s Mystery Channel/NHK Enterprises in Japan and Cosmote TV in Greece, in deals announced at this week’s London TV Screenings.

Catch Me a Killer is produced by CMAK Films and Night Train Media for South African pay TV channel M-Net.

Set in 1994 and based on real events, it follows serial killer profiler Micki Pistorius, played by Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones), as she attempts to track down murderers.

The deals were announced by UK-based distributor Abacus Media Rights, which also revealed sales for its crime drama Scrublands

The 4×60’ series has been acquired by the BBC in the UK, RTÉ in Ireland, Warner Bros Discovery New Zealand and Cosmote TV. A Stan Australia and Nine Network original, it is produced by Easy Tiger Productions.

Scrublands stars Luke Arnold (Black Sails) as an investigative journalist dispatched to an isolated country town to cover the anniversary of a gun massacre.

African toon Iwájú set to debut on Disney+


Iwájú, an animated sci-fi series produced by African entertainment company Kugali Media and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is set to premiere on global streamer Disney+ on February 28.

The show is about two kids who live in a futuristic Lagos, Nigeria. They’re friends but their bond faces challenges from a tech leader with a hidden criminal side. The city is split between the wealthy and the poor, adding to the tensions in their friendship.

The series features the voices of Kehinde Bankole, Femi Branch, Chioma Omeruah, Bisola Ayeiola, Toyin Oshinaike and Lala Akindoju, who is also the casting director.

“Iwájú has a release date and I am excited that the world gets to experience this beautiful work and meet the talented cast,” said Akindoju.

Aiyeola said: “One of my childhood dreams was to be a princess in one or more Disney cartoons. Fast forward many, many years (after realising I am but human) I voiced a character for a Disney animation, Iwájú,”

The series is created by Hamid Ibrahim, Toluwalakin Olowofoyeko and Kugali co-founder Ziki Nelson.

FilmOne movie Orisa lands on Amazon


Epic Nigerian movie Orisa is set to premiere on Amazon’s streaming platform Prime Video this weekend.

The movie is directed by Odunomo Adekola, produced by FilmOne Studios and distributed by FilmOne Entertainment. The cast includes Femi Adebayo, Shaffy Bello, Jide Kosoko, Dele Odule and Muyiwa Ademola.

Set in Yoruba land, Orisa follows a warrior who joins forces with a band of highly proficient fighters. Their illicit undertakings become a challenge for both the king and other underworld factions in the city.

The film was released in cinemas last July and made it into the top five highest grossing Nollywood films of the year. FilmOne licensed the movie to Prime Video.

Dahomey doc wins at Berlin Film Festival

French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s documentary film Dahomey has won the Golden Bear for best film, the top prize at the 74th Berlin Film Festival.

Mati Diop

The film was among 20 contenders at the event and gives an account of 26 artefacts from the Kingdom of Dahomey, in modern day Benin, that were held in a museum in France. The film explores how the artefacts were returned to Benin, and the reactions of the Beninese people.

Diop said: “The prize not only honours me but the entire visible and invisible community that the film represents. To rebuild, we must first restitute, and what does restitution mean? To restitute is to do justice.”

Dahomey is an international coproduction between companies Les Films du Bal and Les Films du Losange in France, as well as Fanta Sy in Senegal and Benin. It is scheduled for theatrical release in France on September 25.