A new Nigerian feature-length 3D animated movie is in the works and will soon be on TV screens.
Lady Buckit & the Motley Mopsters follows a clever, mature, self-absorbed little girl who finds herself in wild and unfamiliar territory where she encounters a band of highly unusual characters who change her destiny.
Actors lending their voices to the film include Bimbo Akintola, Kalu Ikeagwu, Jessica Edwards, Patrick Doyle, Caleb Audu, David Edwards, Bola Edwards, Kelechi Udegbe and Awazi Angbalaga.
The film is executive produced by Blessing Amidu and directed by Bisi Adetayo. A release date has yet to be announced.
Global streaming platform Netflix has commissioned its first Nigerian original series, to be helmed by Nollywood director Akin Omotoso alongside Daniel Oriahi and CJ Obasi.
The supernatural drama, which is yet to be titled, is set in modern-day Nigeria, shot in Lagos and produced by Rififi Pictures.
The series tells the story of Kemi, a goddess reincarnated as a human to avenge her sister’s death. However, she must learn how to use and harness her superpowers to defeat her enemies and save her family from destruction.
It will feature Nollywood actors including Kate Henshaw, Ade Laoye, Richard Mofe Damijo, Joke Silva, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kehinde Bankole, Ayoola Ayolola, Toyin Oshinaike, Goodness Emmanuel, Ireti Doyle, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Bimbo Akintola, Tope Tedela and Ijeoma Grace Agu.
“I’m excited that in the same week that we’re launching Queen Sono, we had the opportunity to be here in Lagos with Nigerian storytellers to share plans of our first Nigerian original production,” says Dorothy Ghettuba, who leads African originals at Netflix.
“Our continent has a wealth of diversity, multiplicity and beauty in stories that have yet to be told and we want to be top of mind for creators in Nigeria, especially when it comes to stories they haven’t had a chance to tell yet.”
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be investing in Made in Nigeria stories – bringing them to audiences all around the world.”
The Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC) organisation has named screen star Bimbo Akintola as its goodwill ambassador.
Akintola, a prominent Nigerian screen and theatre actress, is a philanthropist who has always been passionate about helping her society.
This began in 2013, when she took part in a walk in Lagos to raise awareness for breast and prostate cancer and a walk for autism awareness in Abuja in 2014. She also hosts an annual Christmas party for children with special needs.
As a CYIAC ambassador, Akintola will help raise global awareness to promote the culture of integrity and to curb corruption among children and young people through creative development and entrepreneurship in Nigeria and Africa.
Akintola will join other personalities at the launch and premiere of CYIAC’s Corruption Busters on December 9. The event will be held at Filmone IMAX cinema in Lekki to mark United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day.
Corruption Busters is CYIAC’s contribution to a campaign to help rid communities of corruption by 2030 through educational development in literary arts, music, dance, paintings, digital communication, entrepreneurship, innovation and information technology.
CYIAC believes that art and freedom of expression are the best ways to develop a culture of integrity and a corruption-free society and therefore helps to promote creativity and develop the talents of children and young people.
Registration for the annual CYIAC creative challenge ends on December 30.