Netflix, Abudu link for Nigerian originals
Nigerian producer Mo Abudu has signed a deal with Netflix that will see her develop original titles for the streaming giant.
Under the partnership, Abudu and her EbonyLife prodco will create two Netflix original series and multiple Netflix-branded films.
The deal will also result in screen adaptations of literary works by Nigerian authors Lola Shoneyin and Wole Soyinka. Shoneyin’s bestselling debut novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives will be adapted as a series, while Soyinka’s Death & the King’s Horseman will be made into a film.
Further details of the other projects have yet to be revealed.
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, and we at EbonyLife are grateful and excited about the opportunity to work together with Netflix to deliver a slate of unique and riveting stories from Nigeria over the next few years for Netflix audiences around the world.”