Multi-award-winning Nollywood filmmaker Kemi Adetiba (King of Boys), who announced her return to movie directing last year, has struck a new partnership with global streamer Netflix.
The deal will result in Netflix debuting several of Adetiba’s forthcoming projects, including To Kill a Monkey, King of Boys (KOB) 3 and Welcome to the Fourth.
Adetiba, who is CEO of her Nigeria-based prodco Kemi Adetiba Visuals (KAV), said: “We’ve been quiet since KOB 2, and that’s pushing three years now. We’ve enjoyed how the industry has grown since then. But now, I’m ready to get back in the ring. It’s back-to-back season, baby.
”It’s gonna be a lot of work, but check this. Standing on my father’s name and with the strongest streaming platform’s backing, Netflix, you’re gonna wanna watch every single visual project KAV shoots out the cannon. We’ve cooked up some great stories, and we can’t wait to tell them to you visually, and with the help of some of the most amazing talent in this country.”
The King of Boys director and multi-award-winning Nollywood filmmaker Kemi Adetiba has announced plans to produce a new movie called To Kill a Monkey.
Adetiba said she aims to challenge herself as part of her return to directing movies after taking a break.
She said: “I still have a lot to say. And I intend to say it all – through film, of course. I took some time out, and now I’m back, ready and hungry again. And this time, I intend to enjoy and savour the project, not just the afterbirth. But I gave myself this challenge because I know I can crush it.
“It’s different. I’m slightly out my comfort zone with this one, and my high expectations and intentions for the film don’t make the pressure lighter – but the idea of this film came to me on the auspicious morning of my surprise engagement. So it’s already blessed.
“Almost every time I have entered a Lyft or Uber here in New York, a Nigerian song comes up either on the radio or driver’s playlist. It’s so amazing to see Nigerian music go mainstream. Nigerian movies are surely up next and I will be part of that revolution.
“Super grateful for everyone doing amazing things in the industry. It inspires me greatly, allows me to see how much farther we all can go, and it makes me even more hungry to get back on the court.”
Details about the project have yet to be revealed.
Netflix is set to release an original series following on from 2018 African crime thriller movie King of Boys, which was written, produced and directed by Nigerian filmmaker Kemi Adetiba.
Due to premiere on Netfilx on August 27, the seven part miniseries is a sequel to Adetiba’s hit movie, which follows a businesswoman and crime boss who is drawn into a power struggle that threatens all she holds dear.
Originally titled King of Boys 2, the show is now called King of Boys: The Return of the King. Like the film, it is produced by Adetiba’s production company, Kemi Adetiba Visuals.
Original star Sola Sobowale returns for the series, with many other original cast members also reprising their roles. Toni Tones, Osas Ighodaro, Keppy Ekpeyoung, Nse Ikpe Etim, Charly Boy and Richard Mofe Damijo are among the other stars.
As well as King of Boys, Adetiba’s credits include 2016 film The Wedding Party and the King Women series on Accelerate TV.
A new documentary series focusing on male entrepreneurs has debuted on Accelerate TV in Nigeria, in partnership with YouTube.
Brotherhood: Ring of Fire, produced by Nigerian filmmaker Kemi Adetiba, showcases a group of men who reveal their stories of success, disappointment and failure, and explain how they overcame challenges.
According to a post on the channel’s Instagram page, those featuring in the series include business consultant Fela Durotoye, chef Fregz (aka Gbubemi Fregene), recording artist Lynx, fashion stylist Noble Igwe and producer Godfrey Ibeakanma.
Others include Real Livestock MD Shola Ladoja, Club Escape founder Richard Nnadi and the founder of Tech Advance, Edmund Olotu.
The series comes after Adetiba’s series about female entrepreneurs, King Woman, and can be seen on Thursdays on Accelerate TV.