Thriller miniseries Blood Sisters, from Nigerian production company EbonyLife Studios and Netflix, will debut exclusively on the streamer on May 5.
The show is part of the multi-title partnership agreed between Netflix and EbonyLife Media CEO Mo Abudu in 2020. It is written by Craig Freimond and Zelipa Zulu, with Abudu executive producing.
The four-part crime thriller is set against the bustling backdrop of Lagos and will be available on Netflix worldwide.
Directed by Biyi Bandele and Kenneth Gyang, Blood Sisters tells the story of two friends, played by Ini Dima-Okojie and Nancy Isime. Deyemi Okanlawon also stars in the show, which is described as “a heart-stopping series of catastrophic events marked by murder, love, betrayal and the test of friendship.”
The series explores themes including intra-family relationships, physical and substance abuse, love, commitment and relationships, as well as friendships tested by challenging circumstances.
Abudu said: “Blood Sisters is a crime thriller, which is a new genre for us, so the prospect was challenging but very exciting. It was also a particularly unique and intense experience as we shot during the pandemic, but we remained committed to the vision we share with Netflix – to tell authentic and exciting African stories with superb production values.”
As well as film heavyweights Dima-Okojie and Isime, the cast includes Ramsey Nouah, Kate Henshaw, Uche Jombo, Segun Arinze, Joke Silva, Deyemi Okanlawon, plus fan favourites Ibrahim Suleiman, Toke Makinwa and Okey Uzoeshi.
Films already released under the partnership include critically acclaimed movie Òlòturé, while the adaptation of Wole Soyinka play Death & the King’s Horseman is set to follow.