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Nollywood talent rewarded at AFRIFF

The 10th Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) honoured Nigerian movie stars and creatives in categories including feature, documentary, shorts, animation, directing, acting and screenplay.

Ijeoma Grace Agu

Some of the AFRIFF award winners at the event, which took place from November 7 to 13 in Lagos, included veteran actor and producer Olu Jacobs, who received a Lifetime Achievement award.

Juju Stories, a three-part anthology feature film directed by CJ ‘Fiery’ Obasi, Abba T Makama and Michael Omonua, won the award for Best Director.

In the animation category, Lady Buckit & The Motley Mopsters, directed by Adebisi Adetayo, won Best Animation.

Nollywood actor Ijeoma Grace Agu picked up the Best Actress gong for the film 10 Songs of Charity, a Dutch-Belgian production, and took to Instagram to say it was “a win for the team.”

AFRIFF recognises outstanding performances by individuals and corporate bodies across the entertainment industry in Africa.

Obasi said of Juju Stories, from the Surreal16 Collective: “What a week it’s been! I would like to thank the features jury for the honour, the entire organising committee of AFRIFF, creative director Jenny Alonzo and the amazing Chioma Ude for being a relentless and consistent visionary.

“I want to also thank the cast and crew of Juju Stories for going on this journey with the Collective. Congratulations to the entire team for this well-deserved award. It’s only up from here,” he said on Instagram.

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Netflix orders first Nigerian series

The cast of Akin Omotoso’s upcoming Netflix drama

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.”

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